Akufo-Addo and John Mahama shamed by international media

John Mahama

This week has been a very horrendous one for the citizens of Ghana as they have had to deal with palpable falsehood and strong allegations of corruption from two highly respected personalities; the President, Nana Akufo-Addo and the immediate past President and current flag bearer of the country’s largest opposition party, John Mahama respectively.

President Nana Akufo-Addo claimed in a speech on the 10th of May, 2020 that Ghana had executed more COVID-19 tests per million people than any other country in Africa. However, according to Agence France-Prese (AFP), available statistics indicated that the country leading the pack is Mauritius. More so, Djibouti and South Africa lie in the second and third position respectively, which places Ghana in the fourth position – a stark contrast to the President, Nana Addo’s rhetoric of Ghana blazing the trail when it comes to COVID-19 tests per million people in Africa.

President Akufo-Addo

Note that according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, South Africa had administered more COVID-19 tests than any other country. Still, because of Mauritius and Botswana’s relatively smaller population, these two African countries surpass South Africa when the tests per million is considered.

To calculate the COVID-19 tests per million people, a country’s number of COVID-19 tests is divided by its total population, and then the ensuing result is multiplied by one million.

As at May 10, 2020, official results on the total number of COVID-19 tests conducted which were retrieved from the National Health Authorities and the Population Figures from National Statistics Offices of the United Nations (UN), indicated that; Nigeria had conducted 27, 078 and has a population of 200,964,000 resulting in a test per million of 135; South Africa had conducted 341,336 tests, with a population of 58,775,022 resulting in a test per million of 5,808; Ghana had conducted 160,501 tests, with a population of 30,280,482 resulting in a test per million of 5,300; Botswana had conducted 9,540 tests and had a population of 2,338,851, resulting in a test per million of 4,079; Mauritius had conducted 73,572 tests, with a population of 1,270,000 resulting in a test per million of 57,931; and Djibouti had conducted 15,304 tests, with a population of 974,000 resulting in a test per million of 15, 713.

With the information above, the deductions made are that Ghana had conducted 5,300 tests per million population more than Botswana’s 4,079 and Nigeria’s 135 respectively but fell behind Mauritius (57, 931); Djibouti (15,713) and South Africa (5,808) respectively.

However, another deduction which can be made from the figures above, indicate that Ghana does lead the pack when it comes to the test per million of countries in WEST AFRICA – but not AFRICA!

As at the 13th of May, the AFP claimed that the Ghanaian presidency had not commented on the issue when contacted for a response.

Meanwhile, last Tuesday, in its latest edition, John Mahama was reported by The Sun newspaper as being complicit in the £5million Airbus bribery scandal.

According to the British newspaper, John Mahama had links with the four middlemen who facilitated the payments of bribes to important government officials during his tenure as the Vice President.

The quartet was allegedly led by Ibrahim Mahama, the ex-president’s brother, to facilitate the £50million sale of three AirbusC-295 military planes to Ghana.

Part of the four included British actor, Phil Middlemiss who suddenly became opulent despite filing for bankruptcy in 2012. His post-bankruptcy opulence was linked to the scandal by The Sun. Aside from that, Middlemiss reported being a close friend of Ibrahim Mahama was said to have temporarily relocated to Ghana to play his role as a middleman with his team to sell the military craft. The involvement of Middlemiss is reported to have aroused the interest of the British media in this high-profile international bribery scandal.

The Sun reported that ‘Former Ghana President, John Mahama is accused of having links to a corrupt network which received kickbacks during the contract process’.

What-a-week it has to be for these two Ghanaian leaders in the eye of the international media!

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