The Member of Parliament of the Ablekuma West constituency on the NPP ticket, Hon Ursula Owusu, who’s also the Minister Communications after been reported to have said that, only witches are complaining of hardship in Ghana under the Nana Addo government has dispelled such reports.
According to Mrs Owusu at an NPP youth summit organized by the Ablekuma West, only persons with witchcraft will be lamenting they have not seen anything meaningful being embarked on since the Akufo-Addo government took over the reins of power on January 7, 2017
“If someone complains that since the NPP came he/she has not benefitted anything ask the person if he or she did not hear it raining when he got out and saw it is wet didn’t he see? Is this not witchcraft? When someone is complaining shut the person down”,
“It is your duty to tell them I know in your house there is someone who is not paying school fees because Nana Akufo-Addo has taken up that responsibility. Let her know you were a hairdresser and ‘dumsor’ was affecting you and what is it you are saying today? Akufo-Addo has come to solve ‘dumsor and you are getting a lot of work to do. You too your ward was attending nursing training and you suffered to cater for his or her upkeep today he/she is benefitting from nursing training allowance”, portions of her statement reads.
The comment sparked outrage among a section of Ghanaians to rains insults on her causing her to release a statement citing that she never passed such comments and they are fabricated lies.
According to the statement, she only touted the NPP Government’s achievements as remarkable and tangible and asserted that only blind propagandists would feign ignorance of these visible achievements which were obvious and had touched every home in this country.
The statement, however, urged the public to disregard these false media reports and treat them with the contempt they deserve.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The attention of the Office of the Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has been drawn to the false and misleading headline and story, originally published by Mynewsgh, on 21st October, 2019 and which has subsequently been published by other media houses, suggesting that the Member of Parliament has called Ghanaians witches for complaining about the NPP government.
1. The Member of Parliament never called anyone a witch for complaining.
2. She merely touted the NPP Government’s achievements as remarkable and tangible and asserted that only blind propagandists would feign ignorance of these visible achievements which were obvious and had touched every home in this country.
3. The Member of Parliament urged the youth to boldly respond to propagandists with the truth and to itemise the strides made by the NPP government in the past two and half years, just as the vice president, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia recently did during the NABCO anniversary celebrations. She never instructed the youth to shut complainants down as the news article purportedly suggested.
4. We take serious exception to this false story which has received wide circulation, readership, and subsequent publication from other media houses and demand a retraction and apology.
5. The Office also urges the public to disregard these false media reports and treat them with the contempt they deserve. Mrs Owusu-Ekuful respects the right of all Ghanaians to have their own opinions about any issue though she may not agree with it. She will continuously proclaim the envious achievements of the NPP Government to all and not relent in defusing the false reportage and vile propaganda put out by others.
Truth is the only antidote for lies and propaganda.
ISSUED BY THE COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT.