Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF) have said the decision by the Chairperson of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) Samia Yaaba Nkrumah to reject any offer to work in the Mahama administration will not defeat its goal of getting more women into the new government.
The group has been advocating for a higher representation of women in government as promised by President John Dramani Mahama during his campaign. The NDC in its manifesto promised to have 40 percent of women representation in government appointments.
However, Samia Nkrumah has clearly stated she will not accept to serve in any capacity because the governing NDC ensured her defeat in this year’s elections. Madam Nkrumah lost her bid to retain her seat in parliament as the MP for Jomoro in the Western Region. The seat which was the CPP’s only seat in Parliament was won by the NDC’s Francis Anaman.
In an interview with Citi News the Programmes Manager of WILDAF, Frank Bondza said the CPP Chairperson has a right to reject such offers because she is not a member of the NDC.
‘’Samia Yaaba Nkrumah belongs to a different political firm and appointment is on party line. Moreover the position that she occupies is very sensitive and critical; to leave the flock as a shepherd to join another political party on appointment,’’ he stated.
Mr Bondza stated that it will come across as a betrayal to members of the party but her decision will not defeat the WILDAF’s call for more appointments in government for women.
He further suggested the CPP could find capable women within who are willing to offer themselves for any political appointment for consideration.