Ursula Owusu- Ekuful, Member of Parliament for Ablekuma, has revealed the circumstances that led her to leave the Mobile Telecommunications Company Zain.
In an interview with Asempa FM monitored by Scooper News, the Minister for Communications and Digitization revealed that she was handed a sacked letter a day after the late John Evan Atta Mills assumed the Presidency in 2009.
Ursula Owusu- Ekuful says the sacking was not based on her competence or any form of misconduct, but her association with the New Patriotic Party.
” I was working with Zain. After the sale of the company, I continued to take over as Zain’ s Director of Corporate and External Affairs, which is why I was working there. The termination letter was delivered to me on January 8, 2009. Just one day after Professor John Atta Mills took office. ” – She mentioned
” The company felt that due to my public statements on national affairs and criticism of the NDC party, once the NDC was in power, they cannot work with me. It was not a reflection of the type of work I was doing there. They said I was doing a good job. Nothing had happened except the arrival of a new government. I lost my well- paid job, ” she said.
Ursula says the dismissal was worth it, as it gave her the freedom to continue her attacks on the NDC.
” So I swore that those who made me lose my job, I will make them regret one day. Since then, my comments on national issues shifted from seemingly objective to full- blown partisan. I did my best and that’ s what happened. ” – She said
Ursula was reacting to Sir Sam Jonah’ s claims that the culture of silence is clear under the Akufo- Addo administration.
” I don’ t believe that people no longer speak. It is not the government that prevents people from speaking, whether by force, tension, fear, or intimidation. There are a multiplicity of channels in which people express themselves. In the past, it was only Television and Radio stations, as well as newspapers, that people used to express their views; Today, everyone can express themselves as long as they have a smart device and post it globally on social media. ” – She said
” Who is stopping whom? Maybe we don’ t understand the definition of the culture of silence and maybe that’ s where the conversation should start. What do we understand by the culture of silence? . ” – She asked.
” In those days, you are afraid to speak. We fear those in power, so our thoughts remain in their head. Opening your mouth to talk about problems, the next minute, when you sleep, if you are not lucky, you will not go back to your family. ” – She said.