The Managing Editor of New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has reacted to some ‘inconsistent’ and ‘dishonest’ claims by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) over the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo, the veteran journalist punched holes in a number of statements made by the party and some of its members including National Communications Director, Sammy Gyamfi and Member of Parliament for Juaboso, Kwabena Minta Akandoh.
At the peak of the outbreak in the Chinese province Hubei, the NDC led a campaign for the evacuation of Ghanaian students in China.
The government turned down those requests and instead sent relief items to the students.
With the situation in China normalizing and no Ghanaian casualty, Kweku Baako holds that the NDC has been exposed.
He described the NDC’s approach as ‘fear mongering’ and an attempt to create a negative image for the government.
“This call for us to bring back our brothers and sisters in China, the context disturbed me a bit. They made it look like the government was insensitive and uncaring. There was an element of scaremongering and it was based on that fact that the virus started there and if we don’t go for them, they were going to die”.
“I listened to some of the students and here in Ghana the NDC MPs also generated some amount of fear and to cast the government in a character of being insensitive. What I’m here now is that none of the students was affected so where was the fear. The students are in the danger zone but were not affected so why was the fear mongering by the NDC. The fear generated by the NDC has no bases, he said.
He also described as ‘untrue’ a supposed claim by Mintah Akandoh that the World Health Organization in February, rated Ghana’s preparation for the virus as zer(0).
Citing a fact-finding report by the Media Foundation for West Africa, Baako insisted that WHO never made such conclusions on their assessment of Ghana’s preparedness for the virus.