– General Mosquito confirms
It seems that all is set now for the much-talked-about report of the Kwesi Botchwey Committee to be presented to the hierarchy of the largest opposition party in the country.
General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketiah has confirmed to this paper that the Kwesi Botchwey Committee will be presenting its final findings in a report to the National Executive Council of the party this week.
The much-anticipated Kwesi Botchwey Committee report, when finally submitted to the executives of the party, will bring to an end the numerous speculations and blame game that have hit the opposition NDC after it lost power in 2016.
Although the Mr. Asiedu Nketiah could not state the exact date within this week that the NEC would receive the report, he was emphatic that per his correspondence with the some leading members of the committee the report will be made available by the close of this week.
The Kwesi Botchwey Committee was set up this year, following the party’s abysmal performance during the December 2016 general elections, to investigate the circumstances that led to the party’s defeat and was expected to submit its report within three months.
The committee however could not meet the deadline, since it could not start its work on schedule due to some internal mechanisms that needed to be tackled before commencing its activities and it was also tasked among other things to make recommendations for the restructuring and reorganization of the party to position it for the 2020 elections.
The 13-member committee, which had been touring the country and meeting with various individuals and groups to gather information for the past four months, was constituted by the NDC’s National Executive Committee (NEC), and approved by its Council of Elders on December 29, last year.
The members of the committee are Prof. Kwesi Botchwey, Edward Doe Adjaho, former Speaker of Parliament; Alhaji Huudu Yahaya, Naval Capt. Asassie Gyimah, William Ahadzi, director of Research at the NDC headquarters; Ibrahim Zuberu, lecturer at Accra Technical University and member of NDC, Razak Abu, researcher at NDC’s Development Challenge; Juliana Azumah Mensah, former MP for Agotime-Ziope; Barbara Serwah Asamoah, and four members from NDC parliamentary caucus, including the Minority Leader)
According to Mr. Asiedu Nketia, who announced the setup of the committee, it was to “review and validate the results of the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections and find out the causes of the poor performance of the NDC in both the presidential and the parliamentary election, as well as to deal with other matter reasonably related to the above objectives and to make recommendations to the National Executive Committee about the way forward.”