By Maxwell Nkansah
The Director of the Kenya Anti-corruption Commission and Director of the Kenya School of Law as well as a Pan-Africanist, Professor Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba, in a zoom interview with Maxwell Nkansah stated how disappointed he is by the president of Ghana.
According to him, the President of Ghana in the beginning of his tenure of office had a vision to uplift the country in terms of industrialization and development but so far there is nothing to show with growing tales of mismanagement.
He then added that, he wishes the President of Ghana could rebuild himself to becoming the enhanced President the country needs. Professor Patrick Lumumba also bemoaned the spectacle of the parliament of Ghana seeking the approval of payment for presidential spouse.
He further stated that the demonstration by the Ghanaian youth on the street of Accra, the capital city of Ghana evidently shows the frustration of voters and how tough life is becoming under the leadership of the Akufor Addo administration.
He said, the president still has the intellectual fire powers of leadership but things haven’t been the way he rumored would go for him.
In the course of the interview, Professor Lumumba opinion was asked whether the short term implementation of the ECO currency is sustainable. “I believe the year duration of 3 to 4 years is short for the implementation of the new currency which will be used by the whole African continent.
According to him a maximum of 10 years should be used to implement the ECO currency due to the difference in economic conditions within various African countries in order to deal with their micro and macro-economic issues”. He added. He stated that this was the vision of the First president and the founder of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. He said he held the view that it was far overdue for such steps to be taken and believed it will become one of the strong currencies in the world.
The Pan-Africanist PLO Lumumba also lamented on seeing the Africa he loves with his heart having a continent which will be free from corruption. He further stated that in the course of fighting corruption, deliberate actions must be taken to combat corruption by making an exemplary of those who participate in it.
Loch Oteino Lumumba stressed on the need to keep corrupt people out of office and harped on the the need to strip public officials of any ill gotten wealth while in the exercise of their duties.