Live from the Woods: The hypocrisy of Mahama

Ex-President John Mahama now appears to have the solutions to the country’s problems in opposition. But it beats me that he was pathetic as President.

Mahama’s government blew many opportunities that could have delivered prosperity to Ghanaians, especially people of the three regions of the north.

The vast amounts of money invested in the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) to create jobs and bring development in the Northern, Upper East and West Regions were wasted. SADA officials couldn’t account for the money given the Authority and nothing was done to them.

The Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA) became a vehicle through which thousands of cedis were smuggled into individual pockets. Save the retrieval of an insignificant amount, officials of the Agency were left alone to enjoy what they made.

The National Service Scheme was not a voluntary programme under Mahama. It was a cash cow that generated cash to enrich some appointees.

Governance was not business as usual for the past regime. Gleaning from the manner the country was governed, it appeared there was a tacit plan to make money by all means necessary.

Mahama didn’t find his voice when he was in power. He couldn’t snuff out the desires of his appointees. But he has suddenly found his voice in opposition. He now has the solutions to the problems his government created.

While Mahama is at liberty to criticise the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) for some poor judgments, I think he needs to assess some of the things he says.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

At the Unity Walk of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Cape Coast Sunday, the former President said he dealt with some appointees who misused state resources.


He implored President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to hold the appointee behind the $2.5m GhanaPost GPS app responsible for disgracing the nation with a “419” system.

“This is where the President should show that he is serious about corruption…somebody must account for the GHS15 million [used in developing the app],” Mahama said.

He cited the then Transport Minister Dzifa Attivor who resigned after it became public knowledge that she rebranded 116 Metro Mass buses at ¢3.6m. She abdicated her position due to public pressure.

But Mahama said it was his tough and anti-corruption leadership that got the Minister out. I am surprised here.

“The toughness of the fight against corruption is that you are able to take actions against your own people and that is what we did when we were in office,” the Ex-President told the NDC supporters.

Truth is if all the glaring misuse of state resources happened under ‘tough’ Mahama, then it begs to ask, what the country would have become if he were not tough?

It’s good Mahama now knows the solutions to the problems he created and didn’t solve.

But why now?

Could it be that our politicians have better sight when they’re in opposition than when they’re in power?

The right to criticize is reserved for everyone. But when you fail to bring the needed change when clothed with power, your criticism of other people after your exit becomes hypocritical.



The author, Austin Brakopowers is a Broadcast journalist at Joy99.7 and views expressed here are exclusively his and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Multimedia Group Limited or You can reach him via

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