It has come to attention that the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has such a stranglehold on its main stronghold, the Ashanti Region, that even the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), which is located in Kumasi, is a host to an active party branch.
Though a public hospital that is supposed to be totally devoid of politicking, the ruling party has a branch there, complete with active party executives who apparently do party activism with patients and medical staff alike.
Last week, the branch issued a statement on alleged political rascality being perpetrated in the name of the ruling party’s branch at KATH, with some of the people being copied the statement as the chief executive and the board chairman of the hospital!
The statement, which had been signed by the NPP KATH Branch Chairman, Dwufour John, had also been copied to all directors of the KATH.
Dated the 4th of October, 2017, the statement dissociated the NPP KATH branch from a supposed statement issued in its name on the 28th of September, 2017.
“We the Executives of the New Patriotic Party branch at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) write to disassociate from any press release on the 28th of September, 2017.
“We the Executives and Members of the NPP branch at KATH wish to state categorically clear that we have not authorized anybody or group of people to write or issue any press release on our behalf.
“Whoever wrote the press release just wanted to use the party name to gain public attention. Any communication which comes from the party branch at KATH should be on our official letterhead and signed by our Chairman and any member of the Executives.
“Therefore, we the executives and members of the New Patriotic Party branch at KATH want to use this opportunity to warn against any person trying to use some workers of the hospital from using New Patriotic Party name at KATH as footstools for their personal scores,” the statement read.
The statement was in reaction to a demand by a group of people calling themselves, ‘Concerned NPP Workers at KATH’ for the dismissal of KATH’s Director of Administration, George Kofi Tetteh.
According to the NPP workers at KATH, Mr. Tetteh should be kicked out because his appointment to the position by the predecessor NDC government had not followed proper procedure.
Other personalities to whom the statement had been copied are Minister of Health, the Ashanti Regional Minister, the Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister and the Mayor of Kumasi.
The Presidency had also been duly copied.
The development has led to questions as to the acceptability of a situation where a public hospital is publicly politicized to the extent that the ruling party has an active branch there, which writes and copies statements to directors of the hospital.
The so-called ‘Concerned NPP Workers at KATH,’ had petitioned the Health Ministry and the Presidency for the removal of Mr. Tetteh, identifying themselves as activists and members of the NPP there, even though as a public institution, KATH is not supposed to be political.
Since that petition, none of the workers who have openly said they are NPP workers have been dismissed in line with Civil Service rules. Rather, President Akufo-Addo has received their petition and is believed to be preparing to act on it.
Ironically, the petition signed by one Hon. Kwame Oppong Kyekyeku claimed the petition to remove Mr. Tetteh is not politically motivated.
“We are not calling for Mr. Tetteh’s removal because he is an NDC party activist but on the basis that his appointment lacks credibility, he has openly displayed politics in his dealings with staff and has demonstrated conflict of interest prior to his current appointment.
“It is our wish that public and civil servants who are appropriately appointed into office shall put aside their political colours and serve mother Ghana to the best of their ability,” Oppong Kyekyeku said in his petition.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Fiifi Samuels