Government responds to Catholic Bishop’s criticisms on mismanagement of public funds

The Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, says assessment of government’s performance should be based on facts and not propaganda.

Briefing the press on Thursday, November 11, Arhin said if the Catholic Bishops want to genuinely criticize the government, it should be done based on facts devoid of propaganda.

“We believe that these criticisms should be well-founded and well-grounded in facts as this is the only way an honest conversation devoid of malice and propaganda can be held,” he said.

The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference which was held in Wa, Reverend Philip Naameh,
said the Nana Addo-led government has failed in its commitment to protecting national funds.

“the express commitmentent of the President to the public to protect the public purse, a promise that citizens welcomed, seems to be an illusion now,” he said.

But Mr. Arhin said if the government had not well protected the public funds, the people of Ghana would not have given him the mandate again in the 2020 election to steer the affairs of the country for the next four years.

Arhin is not the only person who has responded to the Bishop’s criticisms, the Director of Communications for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Yaw Buaben Asamoa, also reacted in an interview on Tuesday.

According to him, the criticisms made by the conference, do not have clarity.

“Where are the specifics on that? Some level of clarity at that level is important. It is not about enabling the NDC to come in and spout,” he said.

Meanwhile, the 2020 Presidential candidate for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, described Yaw Buaben’s comments as “arrogance of power.”

He said the government is more worried about criticisms instead of doing something to combat economic hardship.

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