As public attention intensifies on the need to know the health status of Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government’s obscurantist tactics have gotten more deceitful.
In a bid to dissuade questions into the health of Dr. Bawumia, who is said to have been hospitalized after suffering food poisoning, the government has dug up an old video of Dr. Bawumia and his wife, Samira Bawumia, and put it into circulation.
The footage, which captures Dr. Bawumia and Samira on the streets of London, shows a hale and hearty Dr. Bawumia perambulating arm-in-arm with his wife. Pictures of that same walk have also been put in circulation
However, rather than quench public enquiry about his health, the video and the pictures have only served to heighten suspicion that the NPP government is really hiding something from the public.
This is because the video proves to be an old footage that had been recorded of Dr. Bawumia and his wife while he was Running Mate to Candidate Nana Akufo-Addo and was in London in the buildup to the 2016 election on fund-raising assignment.
Specifically, it is said that the footage had been recorded when Dr. Bawumia had taken time out of his official engagements with the NPP’s North London branch in Edmunton to walk around the UK.
Indications that he had been recorded in his capacity as Running Mate and not Vice President are written all over the footage which plays back the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana roaming the streets of London with no security detail.
Again, as the video has come into circulation at a time that there has been extensive reportage on the health crisis Dr. Bawumia is facing, the man shockingly does not take the opportunity to dispel the reports that he had suffered stroke.
In the video, the Vice President and his wife are seen walking through the streets of London alone, while an unknown person films their walk. The couple is totally unknown to everybody walking around save for one Christian Asante who approaches them from behind and gives them a handshake.
Even though Christian Asante bows slightly while shaking hands, he does not address Dr. Bawumia by his Presidential title, ‘Your Excellency.’ This coupled with the guy’s temerity and the absence of security detail round the Vice President have conspired to tell up that the Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia in the video is a Running Mate and not a Vice President.
It gets more interesting with photos of the same walk that has been put in circulation as well. Some of the pictures capture Dr. Bawumia turning a corner before an Adidas Predator shop on the Oxford Street in London. In this picture, the Adidas shop in the background is seen decorated with signage holding the images of football stars, including Paul Pogba.
However, another picture of the same Adidas shop shows the signage is not there.
A man posing as supporter of the opposition NDC who says he lives in London claims he has since gone to the London Oxford Street site where the Adidas Predator shop is and confirmed that contrary to reports in sections of the media that the signage in the background of the Bawumia photo is no longer there, it is still there.
With the aid of a phone camera this new video shows that the Predator shops are more than one in a row with some having the signage and others not having the signage.
Even so, the Adidas Predator shop is known to changes and repeats its signage and so some observers have said that the fact that the signage is still there does not necessarily mean that Dr. Bawumia was really there recently; especially so when he was unaccompanied by security detail.
Again, images of Dr. Bawumia and his wife doing the rounds on the campaign trail in 2015 that have been extracted from Mrs. Bawumia’s Facebook timeline and put in circulation include the picture in front of the Adidas Predator shop on the Oxford Street in London.
The back and forth has since gotten many Ghanaians weary, with questions as to why Dr. Bawumia in almost two weeks that news about his ill-health has been making the round has not done the simple thing of replying with a simple address to the nation.
President Akufo-Addo has remained curiously silent over the issue even as Chief Of Staff, Frema Osei-Opare, has long issued a statement, saying Dr. Bawumia is on sick leave.
The old video circulation is the latest phase of ever changing gimmickry that the NPP government has been putting up apparently to cover the truth about what is really happening to the Vice President after he had been flown out of the country almost two weeks ago.
Even though the man is said to have suffered a stroke that has paralyzed half of his body, the NPP government has claimed that he only suffered stress.
Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, cousin of President Akufo-Addo, has since claimed that he visited Dr. Bawumia in London and found out that he had not been to hospital at all but on leave, resting in a small apartment in the British capital.
Strangely however, even though Gabby has no locus whatsoever in government, he is the only one who is privy to Dr. Bawumia’s leave of absence. Not even Parliament is aware that the Vice President is on leave.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Fiifi Samuels