Vice-President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia
A rather suspicious press conference by the Information Minister Mustapha Hamid yesterday January 22nd, three days after the Vice President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia was airlifted on a chartered flight to the UK for medical treatment has sent speculators running agog with the scanty information he divulged on the state of the Vice President’s health.
Dr Bawumia suddenly fell ill at his residence on the morning of 19th January, 2018 according to a press release by Presidential Press Secretary Eugene Arhin and was rushed to an undisclosed health centre in Accra for treatment. Later that evening information started trickling in that he had been airlifted on a chartered flight to the UK for further medical checks but this was refuted by authorities at the presidency.
On Saturday morning 20th January, 2018 host of Joy FM current affairs show News File Samson Lardi Ayenini read a statement purported to have been released from the presidency on the whereabouts of the Vice President but the presidential press secretary called into the show to disclaim the release and promise a proper press statement will be issued in due course.
Before the end of the show at 12 noon a statement authored by the Chief of Staff Madam Frema Opare indicated that the Vice President had been flown to the UK on the evening of 19th January, 2018 jist as contained un the previous disclaimed statement to begin a medical leave on the advise of his doctors.
Statement by Chief of Staff Madam Frema Opare
In another twist, during an interview with Joy FM news journalist Joseph Opoku Gakpo at the swearing-in of Speaker of Parliament Aaron Mike Ocquaye as acting President on Sunday 21st January, 2018 the Information Minister Mustapha Hamid said the decision to send the Vice President to the UK was to give him the peace of mind to recover so as not to be disturbed by visiting relatives and well wishers who visit him at home or a health centre in Ghana. The Minister believed that in the UK no relatives or well wishers could disturb the Vice President’s rest and he would recover quicker.
Information Minister Mustapha Hamid
On 22nd January, 2018 the Information Minister in another press encounter commented on the Vice President health saying; the calls by the Minority in Parliament for full disclosure on the status of Dr Bawumia’s health was unjustified as that was a private matter and he as Minister of Information was not in the position to disclose that.
Mr Hamid also said he could not tell how long the Vice President was going to stay in the UK on his medical leave and that Dr Bawumia will only return to Ghana on the advise of his doctors.
These series of statements and events as they have unfolded over the past 4 days have led some Ghanaians to speculate on the state of the Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia’s present condition with some claiming the Vice President suffered a sudden bout of debilitating paralysis in the form of a “stroke” and others going as far as to speculate that he might have been poisoned. Think Ghana www.think.com.gh cannot confirm any of these assertions.
In as much as we wouldn’t like to cause any unnecessary fear and panic; we can only wish for the speedy recovery of our illustrious and highly intelligent Vice President who heads the Economic team of the government.
Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia is in the UK on his medical leave with his loving wife and 2nd Lady Samira Bawumia.
We continue to pray for the Vice President and his family. Get well soon Dr Bawumia!