Deputy Information Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide has described as disappointing and problematic some comments made by Joyce Bawa Mogtari, an aide to the former President John Dramani Mahama.
According to him, the comments are insensitive gives the impression it is the NDC flagbearer’s aide’s expectation for more people to die than recover from the virus.
A Twitter post by Joyce Bawa Mogtari on Ghana’s COVID-19 recoveries has caused a huge uproar and attracted criticisms within the past few days.
The post sought to question the rate of recovery of the country’s COVID-19 patients after some 790 more recoveries were reported by the Ghana Health Service on Friday, May 16, 2020.
“How the hell did 790 more people recover overnight !! We need to put these numbers to strict proof!!” she wrote on Twitter.
Speaking on Starr Fm, Monday, the Deputy Minister demanded that the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and the former President John Mahama must come out and condemn the words of Joyce Bawa, lest Ghanaians take it as the representation of the thoughts of the NDC and John Mahama.
“This is a statement expressing disappointment and disappointment is a function of expectation. Was it the expectation that people should rather have died. Is that why we are disappointed that people should rather have died? To be expecting something different for me is quite problematic. My disappointment actually is in the fact that the former president himself has not up till now disavowed that statement.”
“I would have thought that they would have expressed a certain amount of disappointment at the thought that was expressed by Joyce Bawah Mogtari, lest people will think that Madam Joyce spoke the mind of the former president and that will be dangerous for a man who seeks to lead a country would be wishing ill of the same country that he wishes to lead. So my expectation would be that Mr Mahama finds his voice on this matter and to loop in Madam Joyce Bawah Mogtari and say it to her that her language was unbecoming and her thought was despicable.”
Despite the criticisms received since the comments were made on Saturday, Joyce Bawa Mogtari appears unbothered as she described her earlier post as a way of raising questions about the data provided.
In another Twitter post on Saturday, she wrote, “When you raise serious questions about statistics and data they rain insults on you! God help us !!”
Meanwhile, some persons such as investigative Journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni have defended her comments.
Manasseh believes Mahama’s aide, like any other person, is entitled to question the data churned out by the Ghana Health Service as much as fanatics are also entitled to believe whatever information the Government feeds them with.