Herbert Mensah Speaks Passionately on the NDC’s Upcoming Congress and the Way Forward. Listen below and should you experience problems, follow this link.
Konadu is a winner: With or without congress – Herbert Mensah
With barely, a day to the much anticipated July 8 to 10 National Delegates’ Congress of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Sunyani, Ghanaian political commentators and pundits have weighed in heavily and one of such men is the former chairman of Asante Kotoko, Mr. Herbert Mensah.
Speaking exclusively to Xfm 95.1 Wednesday July, 6 2011 on a wide range of issues with regards to the impending congress, Mr. Mensah spoke passionately about how far the NDC and the former first lady in particular has come with her presidential ambition.
He was worried that with a few days to the congress, people in government including the Vice President are using state apparatus and sharing money in what they call ‘mopping up’ and felt some of these stances and positions will come back to haunt the NDC in the general elections since the ‘enemy’ and main threat everyone should be worried about according to him is the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and not the former first lady as it is being peddled around by some NDC people.
Discounting reports that former President Rawlings is not in favour with the wife’s decision to contest the flagbearership slot of the party, Herbert Mensah described the Rawlings’s as “united and bonded in their philosophy”, explaining that the former president is more concerned about the party’s principles which have been thrown to the dogs by President John Mills and his cohorts.
He opined that for Mrs. Rawlings to even be challenging an incumbent President and to have taken all the “intimidations, levels of abuse, baseless stories in certain media outlets in trying to scare her”, is already a sign of victory for her no matter the outcome of the Sunyani congress, stressing that July 8 is only a date in the calendar.
He said Mrs. Rawlings winning Saturday’s election will be something monumental because she will then be part of Cabinet and other decision making structures which will make it easier for her to make the necessary changes to ensure accountability and the right way to do things both at party and national levels by way of principles.
According to Herbert Mensah, President Mills inherited a united party but is now leading a disunited party emphasizing that there will be a time when he (President Mills) will leave office, however, adding that the founder will always be there, as the party’s ‘talisman’.
To him, there hasn’t been the best leadership since the NDC took over the running of affairs in this country which he said is an indictment on the presidency and wished that the entire contest never happens at all because in the final analysis it might come back to affect the chances of the party.
Here is a link to the full interview –
By Nana Mensah/Xfm95.1/Accra/Ghana