I genuinely feel worried for Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia. Outside politics, he’s an amazing personality.
I personally experienced his humility and respect for people prior to the NPP winning the election, and I liked him for that. His late aide, Kwabena Boadu, who I got to know, coincidentally exhibited Bawumia’s traits of humility and respect.
Dr. Bawumia had so many admirers even beyond the political space when he emerged on the scene as a Technocrat, and quickly metamorphosed to fit the required political oratory and showmanship.
Gradually, it is beginning to appear that, just as they succeeded in tagging someone ‘Incompetent and Corrupt’, whether true or false, the ‘Liar’ tag is beginning to stick on Dr. Bawumia.
This is certainly not good for his political career beyond the Vice Presidential slot. Arguably, he may be the ‘loudest’ or the most Hardworking VEEP in the 4th Republic and has tried his best. But I also think that he hasn’t helped himself by talking too much and accepting to do a lot of what people call the ‘Dirty Job’.
He carried too much of what should have been the President’s headache at the expense of his own political future.
Sometimes in life, you don’t have to give too much of yourself to others at your expense. Several key statements and promises of the NPP that people readily remember, were mostly said by him, and even though he’s not the President, people will always associate him with these statements.
If for nothing at all, on the Economy alone, he said SOME things that have come back to bite him and the Gov’t. I don’t know how his political career will end, but from my observations, it’s a bit tricky.
People around him can deny this, but his ratings as a politician has dwindled. If there’s some image cleansing to be done, he has to start now. This is my personal journalistic observation and analysis. I wish him well though.
Author: Latif Mahama
Journalist, Citi TV/FM Upper West Regional Correspondent.