03.08.2020 Feature Article

Bawumia Taunts Mahama: Why is he going after the fmr. Prez?

Bawumia Taunts Mahama: Why is he going after the fmr. Prez?
LISTEN AUG 3, 2020

He recently learned that the former president is blowing his horn from rooftop that he'd very well during his tenure. That's a joke, he seems to suggest, adding Ghanaians must not take Mr. Mahama serious but should compare and contrast the performance of the two administrations.

Vice president Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has pulled it off again. He's portrayed opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate--former president John Mahama as a loser husband who's salivating after his divorced wife.

Dr. Bawumia appears to suggest, that woman is long gone-- resting in the comfortable arms of another man.

His boss, President Akufo-Addo now has Ama Ghana sparking the political rivalry. It's a marriage the Veep believes would stand the test of time because of the good things the new husband has done for his newly-found wife over the past three years.

Dr. Bawumia also describes Mr. Akufo-Addo as a strong man,, very resourceful, and capable of handling all responsibilities. On the contrary, he casts the old husband (Mr. Mahama) as a do-nothing man, whose marriage with his ex-wife brought economic and financial hardships to the woman, the family and everyone in the household.

Would the latter be able to win his wife back?
Political marriages aren't cast on stones as the pendulum can swing to anywhere at any time.

And anything can happen going forward.
So that remains to be seen. That said, Dr Bawumia understands the language of politics. But not only that he also tells it like nobody does. When he stood behind the lectern last week it seemed like a repeat of what he did in 2012 and 2016 during the campaign seasons.

Remember his PowerPoint presentation?
Well, this time he spared his audience with statistics, figures and graphs.

How does he sell his message to the people?
First, he decides to speak Twi, a local Ghanaian language. He literally 'Donkomied' his product so that it could reach a wider audience. And I think he was on point. Because more than half of Ghana's population speak Twi, I stand to be corrected though. And as the audience listened with rapt attention Dr. Bawumia carefully compared the lifestyle of the woman today with when she was married to her former husband, Mr Mahama.

According to him his boss's new wife no longer worries about "Dumsor'.

She eats good,, dresses well, enjoys three months free utility bills and sleeps well without worries. Beside, Amina her older daughter-- the nurse has had the cancelled nurses allowances now restored. Furthermore, Amihere, the dropout is gone back to school, courtesy of the government’s Free SHS programme. Better still,, her charming daughter Kumiwa, the teacher is enjoying the teacher's allowances that you (Mahama) denied her and other friends.

Last but not least, Attipoe and Lamiokor have gained employment with NABCO, and GhanaPost respectively. .

Understandably, politics creates a visceral sensation of fear, animosity and division very often. But we've seen the players crack jokes and offer comic relief at times ( Sir John and General Mosquito in mind).

There are also times that it provides more creative inspiration in the political landscape.

Yes, his party the ruling NPP has laid several eggs.

Thus, it isn't surprising that he's cackling loud-- suggestive of a hen's sound after laying an egg.

That obviously makes their political arch-rival opposition NDC give them a wry look.

By Gordon Offin-Amaniampong

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