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17.03.2009 Politics

Mills' communications director questions MP's sanity

By The Statesman

Koku Anyidoho, President JEA MIlls' Communications Director, who recently described Ato Kwamina Dadzie of having cobwebs in his head, has done at it again. This time to a Member of Parliament.

The Joy FM Newspaper Reviewer"s offence was for describing Mr Anyidoho's job as duplicitous and therefore a job to assuage his ego.

Dominic Nitiwul, perhaps unaware of the Communications Director"s literal terrier instinct, called in Parliament for the Presidency to come clean on what the nation suspects to be the President's failing eyesight.

Mr Anyidoho"s reaction is to question whether the Bimbila MP is not mad.

 According to a Joy FM report, the head of the President's communications has asked the Member of Parliament for Bimbilla to declare his mental status.

Mr Anyidoho says as a lawmaker, Mr Nitiwul must demonstrate his capacity to make reasonable and meaningful laws for the country.

"I guess ... I'm well within my right as a citizen of Ghana to tell him to declare his mental status.'

The MP asked the President to come clean on any eye defects he was suffering from and to tell the taxpayer how much it costs to treat him.

Mr Nitiwul based his call on the large font size of text in which the President's speeches are written, suspected to be 37 Times New Roman.

"I believe it is right to call on the people handling the President particularly the speech-writers to tell us why.

What's so special about the President's sight that they make the font so big, I don't understand… If it's that he has problems with his sight, they should let us know we can accept it and if it is not going to impede his work, let us know, we want to accept it.'

He noted that since the President promised Ghanaians an accountable and transparent government, "if it is something that is wrong with him he should be the first to come out and tell us'.

But Mr Anyidoho believes the argument is not only moot but meant to serve as a malicious distraction.

According to him, the President has made no secret of his cataract problem.

He emphasised that the sight of President Mills had nothing to do with his capacity to deliver on his promise to build a better Ghana.

After questioning the compos mentis of the MP, the Communications Director went on to say that the presidency had chosen to ignore Nitiwul's comments as there were 'more important things to do.'

The Ghana Association of the Blind also condemned Mr Nitiwul's comments, describing them as unnecessary.

The Director of the Association, Peter Obeng Asamoah said there were lawyers who read the constitution in brail in court.

'Visual impairment does not imply incompetence,' he charged.

But, Mr Nitiwul believes he has been misunderstood by the association because he was not questioning the President's competence. He was merely asking for enlightenment on the matter.

The President has notably failed to notice certain people, who are said to have been standing on his 'blind' side. He has also missed his step at a few major public functions, including missing the red carpet during Independence Day celebration at the Independence Square.

He was also captured by camera needing two Ministers to guide his hand to cut the tape for the commencement of a project at J A Plant Pool.