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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Mills is incapable - Sociologist

President John Evans Atta Mills
President John Evans Atta Mills
A senior lecturer at the University of Cape Coast has chided President John Mills, accusing the former law lecturer of showing clear signs that he is incapable of running the country.

Prof D.K. Agyemang, a sociology lecturer at of the Cape Coast University, says the president’s handling of probing questions during last week’s encounter with senior journalists at the OSU Castle has exposed the president as a weak leader.

Shortly after taking over as President, Prof Mills directed all his Ministers to publicly declare their assets within three months or face sanctions.

It has been close to a year since that directive was issued, but reports say some Ministers and government appointees are yet to comply with the president’s directive.

When journalists raised the issue during the media encounter on Thursday, January 7, President Mills asked the questioners to re-direct their questions to his Ministers.

Speaking to Citi News, Prof D.K. Agyemang said the president’s response to the question was unacceptable and exposes the president’s many weaknesses.

“If he is saying that people should go and ask them (the Ministers) it implies that he is not a man who is capable of calling the shots…a president who is strong will just say it is wrong, and once it is wrong it is wrong,” he said.

Professor Agyemang also slammed the president for failing to “call a spade a spade” in the Muntaka saga.

Mohammed Muntaka resigned last year as the Minister for Youth and Sports after he was accused of spending state funds on his girlfriend and baby among several other accusations.

President Mills, answering questions at last Thursday’s media encounter however defended the Asawase MP, saying the former sports minister was never indicted for corruption but for indiscretion on his part.

He commended Hon. Muntaka for his decision to resign honourably since some ministers in former administrations who were guilty of the same accusations never had the courage to resign as Muntaka did.

Professor Agyeman however says President Mills’ answers showed that “he is not in charge.”

“You don’t rule a nation like that…It does a little damage to his authority. That is to say he is not a man who has the utmost authority and the power to say things that he wants to say or do things that he wants to do,” he said.

Source: Citifmonline.com

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