Founding President of IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe has fired a strong warning to the Minister of Agriculture, Fifi Kwetey and a communication member of the ruling NDC, Dela Coffie asking to be circumspect in their choice of words against him.
Raging of words emanated between the deuce-ace when Mr. Kwetey described members of #OccupyGhana [A pressure group Franklin Cudjoe is affiliated to] as ï¿½Hypocritesï¿½ with allegiance to the opposition New Patriotic Party [NPP].
Franklin Cudjoe's reaction to Fifi Kweteyï¿½s ï¿½hypocrisyï¿½ comment
Franklin Cudjoe, wrote on his Facebook wall on January 10, 2015; ï¿½The Minister for Agriculture says all the learned men in OccupyGhana are ï¿½hypocritesï¿½. Without suggesting that he is quite clearly describing himself, I wonder how he would have earned his position had it not been for this line of thinking.
ï¿½ï¿½It is institutionalized it would seem. If I were him, I will be preparing my defense statements against a possible OccupyGhana legal notice/challenge to the financial mess his ministry has caused all taxpayers as a result of fraudulent deals with fertilizer subsidies and the fraud ongoing in the cocoa sector.
But there is more. On policy direction and vision in the wake of the EPAs, a serious-minded minister of agriculture would be minded about how to ensure Ghanaian agribusiness take advantage of the coming challenges. But he has returned to his first love, vacuous propaganda which got him his job and is executing to perfection whilst making members of OccupyGhana popular as clearly there is impact!ï¿½ he said
Clearly annoyed by Franklinï¿½s post, Fifi Kwetey, who is also the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Ketu South, and a former Propaganda Secretary of the party, hit back.
"While Franklin Cudjoe struggled with 3 years to be able to pass his Economics, I used only a year to get all "A" in my A-level subjects in Achimota School," NDC social media activist, Dela Coffie, quoted him as saying.
However, Franklin has fired a sharp riposte at the duo after insisting that, both Mr. Kwetey and Dela are not his ï¿½co-equalï¿½.
below is Franklinï¿½s comment on Facebook
Alhassan Suhuyini send this to Fifi Akwetey and Dela Coffie- please tell them we are not competing and they cannot compete on my turf! They are not my co-equal!!!!Franklin CUDJOE is founding President and CEO of IMANI Center for Policy and Education, a Ghana-based think-tank which sets out to achieve its mission by subjecting any government policy that is likely to have systematic implications for development to basic ï¿½value for moneyï¿½, ï¿½due diligenceï¿½ and ï¿½rational choiceï¿½, ï¿½public choiceï¿½ and ï¿½vested interestï¿½ analysis and then actively engage in public advocacy to publicize the results, with a view to promoting peace and prosperity through human flourishing.
IMANI has been consistently ranked among the top 10 think tanks in Africa and among the top 100 worldwide, out of a pool of nearly 10,000 organisations.
Cudjoe is a frequent commentator in print and international broadcast media about Africaï¿½s development including appearances on BBC, CBC, Swiss and Swedish National TV, Austrian National Radio and varied local Ghanaian media, and has been published or quoted severally in Londonï¿½s Daily Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal (all three versions), Bangkok Post, Japan Times, South Africaï¿½s Business Day, Rwanda Times, Kenyaï¿½s Business Daily, Nigeriaï¿½s This Day, Washington Times, El Mercurio (Chile), La Republica (Costa Rica),the Ottawa Citizen, the San Francisco Chronicle, Netzeitung Voice Of Germany.
He has won two John Templeton Foundation awards for advancing the institutional foundations of the free society in 2006 and the inaugural Antony & Dorian Fisher $100,000 award for the most innovative and dynamic African think tank. He has been cited in the UK House of Commonsï¿½ debate on aid and development in Africa and by South Africaï¿½s Supreme Court Judge on patents and intellectual property in 2005 and 2006 respectively.
Cudjoe debated sitting Tanzanian President Mkapa on globalisation in 2007. In 2010, Cudjoe led the World Bank Ghana-Africa regionï¿½s task force to help shape the World Bankï¿½s strategy for Africa for 2010-13. In 2010 Franklin was consulted by the U.Kï¿½s Prime Ministerï¿½s office on how to make effective use of British aid in Africa.
He is co-author of ï¿½The Water Revolution: Practical Solutions to Water Scarcityï¿½ International Policy Network press, 2006 ï¿½Peace and Prosperity through World Trade ï¿½and ï¿½Subsidizing Artemisinin-Based Combination Therapies: A Preliminary Investigation of the Affordable Medicines Facility ï¿½ Malariaï¿½ .
Cudjoe is one of nine African think tank leaders and Commissioners of ï¿½The Zimbabwe Papersï¿½, a blueprint which examines the causes of Zimbabweï¿½s social and economic problems and offers urgent and practical reform that will enable the country to become a thriving, peaceful and prosperous country.
Cudjoe currently sits on the Danish International Development Agencyï¿½s board for private sector, advising on a $75m private sector support to Ghana.
Cudjoe is an Earhart doctoral fellow at Buckingham University in the U.K., an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education, the Atlas Economic Research Foundationï¿½s Think Tank MBA programme and the Montreal Economic Instituteï¿½s Think Tank Training programme.
He has a B.Sc. in Land Economy from KNUST. In 2010 Cudjoe was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He was named a fellow of the Africa Leadership Network in 2012, and the only named Think Tank Leader in ï¿½Top 50 Africansï¿½ List of the respected Africa Report Magazine in 2012. He is a member of the 2015 Class of the Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa (ALIWA), an initiative of the Aspen Institute.
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