Broadcaster Blessed Godsbrain Smart has revealed the Bretton Woods Institutions –International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank –both advised President Akufo-Addo on the reappointment of Ken Ofori-Atta.
According to him, the President was told not to extend the the appointment of the Finance Minister but was maintained because of Akufo-Addo’s recalcitrance.
Captain Smart says the President was informed on May 18, 2019.
“On 18th May 2019, the IMF and World Bank told Nana Addo, ‘don’t reappoint Ken Ofori Atta,” he alleged.
He adds further that, government had to induce the young legislators from both caucuses to approve the reappointment of Ken Ofori-Atta, and the NDC MPs, realising how messy that would be for the government and go to the advantage of the opposition, they agreed.
He told Ghanaians to “go and ask Okudzeto, Murtala and all the young NPP and NDC MPs were called and lobbied to go and approve the reappointment of Ken Ofori-Atta.”
“The NDC decided to approve him to make things bad for the goveenment when they realised he (Akufo-Addo) had rubbished the IMF’s advice,” he added.
Captain Smart said the immediate appreciation of the Cedi after the Majority caucus came out to ask for Ofori-Atta’s removal is an indication that there is a lot of dollars in the country but it is the minister that the banks and the people don’t like.
“The World Bank, IMF, local banks, Bank of Ghana all don’t want Ken Ofori Atta. That’s why the cedi started doing well the very day the Majority said they don’t want Ken,” he said.