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20.07.2008 Politics

Malik Baako declares support for GT sale

By myjoyonline
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The Editor in Chief of the Crusading Guide News paper Malik Kweku Baako Jnr. has described as ridiculous calls by individuals and some opposition members, for a law to be enacted to prevent governments from taking key policy decisions in the final year of their four year term.

He said governments are voted into power for a period of four years and are thus required by law to take key decisions which in the view of the government would be in the interest of the country.

He however noted that if those policies are inimical to the interest of the state, the next government can abrogate them through proper parliamentary procedures.

The Editor, made these pronouncements on Joy FM's news analysis programme News File on Saturday.

The pronouncements come in the wake of the much talked about sale of Ghana Telecom to British Communication giants Vodafone.

Whilst critics say the deal was a sell out, others believe the government had no business taking such a key decision 5 months to the end of its tenure.

According to Inusa Fuseini NDC MP for Tamale Central who was also on the show, the Kufour government had no right binding subsequent governments for over a period of 900 years. He was referring to the sale of the fibre optic back bone to Vodafone.

Business magnate Alhaji Asuman Banda in an earlier interview with Joy News proposed the enactment of a law to prevent subsequent governments from taking key policy decisions in their final year.

Alhaji Banda was totally against the sale of GT saying “it was better for us to mismanage ourselves than for another person to manage us.”

Even though he claimed to have so much respect for the business magnate for his entrepreneurship, Malik Kweku Baako was quick to add that calls for such laws were not realistic and should not be considered.

Describing himself as not an “ideological dinosaur” the editor said in principle he was in support of the sale of GT, adding that Nkrumah himself was not in favour of absolute statism.

He however, called on stake holders to ensure due diligence in order for the sale of GT to be beneficial to the country.

Author : Nathan Gadugah

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