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‘419 scams’ under Mahama was ‘incredible’ – Bawumia hits back

Vice president  Dr. Bawumia

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has hit back at former President John Mahama, stating he cannot equate the numerous ‘419’ scandals he superintended over under his government, with the newly launched National Digital Property Address System.

Former President Mahama at the weekend questioned why the government would launch Google GPS which is free on mobile phones, as a national digital address system and charge the taxpayer over 2 million dollars for that.

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“Why will you embarrass the president so much? You go and take a whole president to bring him to come and launch a system that is 419,” John Mahama said during a Unity Walk by the NDC in Cape Coast.

But Dr. Bawumia on Monday took a dig at the former President, and questioned Mahama for having the effrontery to describe the national digital address system as 419 when his admiration was fraught with scandalous acts.

“We know a 419 scam when we see one and that unfortunately was the hallmark of the administration of former president Mahama… With the record that former president Mahama has in the area of governance, it is incredible that he would have the effrontery to talk about “419 scams,” Dr Bawumia said in  response to Mahama’s analysis.

In Dr. Bawumia’s estimation, Mahama’s utterance on the address system that has been touted as the solution to Ghana’s poor address system, demonstrates his “lack of understanding of the system”.

The vice president justified the 2.3 million dollars spent on the project, stating that Ghanaians have been given value for money unlike several projects undertook by President Mahama’s administration.

“We did not spend it on Akonfem, bus branding, over-priced mansions and contracts, ghost roads, etc. We have spent it on something productive,” he said in reference to some of the scandals recorded under the NDC’s eight year rule.

Dr Bawumia reminded former President Mahama to cease with his “propaganda,” which he said did not help the former president even while in government and “it is certainly not going to help him in opposition.”

He said government would welcome “constructive criticism” and warned critics to carefully understand the system before making criticisms otherwise they would be exposed as being ignorant of simple facts.

By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana

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