The Methodist Church Ghana has distanced itself from what has been been described as political comment made by the former presiding Bishop of the Obuasi Diocese, Very Rev. Stephen Bosomtwe Ayensu.
The Methodist Church and Bishop Ayensu have received huge backlash from a section of the public who find the comment of the Bishop unsavoury.
The current superintendent minister of the Amakom Circuit of Kumasi Diocese who was speaking at the 25th Annual Synod of the Obuasi Diocese made the pronouncement that Mr. Mahama’s decision to repeal the controversial Electronic Transfer Act is backward and a deliberate attempt to deceive electorates ahead of the 2024 General Elections.
“A leading opposition party says this government has been borrowing to fund projects. But it [the government] has been strategic this time to introduce this homegrown policy to build our nation. So if someone says he will repeal this law when he wins power then such a person will not even win power to abort it. If the E-levy is a good policy why will you abolish it? Such people can’t even do it because history keeps guiding us. Such comments usually end up as a political talk and deceit,” the Methodist Bishop opined.
This comment has infuriated members of the opposition party and therefore urged the church to call the Bishop to order.
In a press statement released by the Public Relations Directorate of the Church, the Methodist Church stated emphatically that they distance themselves from the opinion of the former Bishop.
According to the Church, the Bishop made the comment as an individual and a fellow Ghanaian hence his opinion does not represent the position of the church. The statement therefore urged the media to desist from drawing the name of the church into the issue.
“We therefore appeal to our noble friends of the Media not to draw the name of the Methodist Church Ghana into the alleged statements made by the past Bishop and the currently the Superintendent Minister of the Amakom Circuit of the Kumasi Diocese,” parts of the statement read.
It added that “the Methodist Church Ghana continued to stay unaligned to any political party. While ministers and members of the Church may make comments on their individual basis as fellow citizens of Ghana, that cannot be taken as the official position of the Church.”