Ghana’s going to IMF because of our leaders’ stupidity – Kwesi Pratt Jr

The Editor in Chief of the Insight Newspaper has descended heavily on the Akufo-Addo government over the decision to seek an IMF Bailout.

According to Kwesi Pratt Jnr, the country’s leaders kept repeating the mistakes that sent to Ghana to IMF and it was time for them to think.

“Let us put on our thinking caps,” he admonished while making a public lecture at public forum organized by pressure group Arise Ghana.


The forum which was held at the GNAT Hall in Accra was on the theme “Ghana’s socio -economic outlook, the prospects of an IMF programme.”

According to the outspoken journalist, there was “no prospects in going to IMF” and added that the Bretton Woods institution has been an executioners of developing countries for many years which Ghana wasn’t an exception.

He said the fuel price hikes and food shortages in the country all pointed to the realty that those in leadership positions are not thinking.


“We have too many stupid leaders. Now somebody should tell me how the IMF is going to cure the stupidity of our leaders,” the press freedom advocate fumed.

“No country went to the IMF and got problems solved,” he stated and blamed the return to IMF on reckless borrowing on the part of the Akufo-Addo government which he said has refused to invest in home grown policies to boost the economy.

“Guinea fowls are now imported from Denmark [to Ghana],” he added.

“Continuing to do things over and over again and expect different answers is madness,” he chastised.

He could not fathom why Ghanaians still import and buy second hand clothes in the country after many years of attaining independence.

Akufo-Addo must resign


Another speaker at the programme, Martin Kpebu, a private legal practitioner could not hide his frustrations about the governance being witnessed by Ghanaians.

He wondered why the Akufo-Addo government has not been able to better the lives of Ghanaians as he promised.

To him, Akufo-Addo must resign for failing to share the country’s wealth with the people.

“That’s the least the president can do because he has failed abysmally,” he said.

“In the last two months, I am getting angry everyday because the thievery is too much,” he added.

For instance, he revealed that the company of the Finance Minister, Databank was paid about GHS 160 million from the loans the country takes.

He urged the youth to rise against the “thievery” in the government by using constitutional means to hold the government to account.




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