Tuesday, March 2, 2010


The Chief of Staff, Mr. John Henry Martey Newman, may be on his way out of the Castle, the seat of government, as the Chief of Staff, with his place to be taken by Mr. Kwamena Ahwoi.

Unimpeachable information reaching this blog indicates that plans are far afoot to replace Mr. Newman as the Chief of Staff for the key reason that he is a virtually unknown commodity within National Democratic Congress (NDC) circles, a factor that is causing deep worry among the rank and file of the party.

This blog has learnt that many activists of the NDC are heavily aggrieved with Chief of staff Martey Newman, who they see as an outsider, and have expressed the opinion that they would be more comfortable with Kwamena Ahwoi, with whom they have had longer association.

His place, this blog has learned is to be taken by Mr. Kwamena Ahwoi, one of the all-powerful Ahwoi brothers, who was at one time a Minister for Local Government and currently lectures at the Ghana Institute of Management and Professional Administration (GIMPA).

Mr. Kwamena Ahwoi has been a long-time stalwart of the NDC whose face is known to the rank and file of the party, and who can identify many of them by face as well.

Intel from the Castle, the seat of government indicates that already much of the decisions that matter at the Castle are taken by one of the two senior Ahwoi brothers in the persons of Mr. Ato Ahwoi and his brother Kwamena, and the appointment of Kwamena as Chief of Staff would only be a natural graduation, since he is already taking many of the decisions that matter anyway.

The only fly in the gel, according to insiders, is a current tiff between former President Rawlings and Mr. Kwamena Ahwoi, who are said not to see things eye to eye of late.

In this direction, a prominent chief of the land, who is also a leading member of the NDC and was linked to a ‘pono’ young woman recently has bean reached to mediate amicably between the two gentlemen before the announcement is made anytime within the next few days.

As at press time yesterday, Mr. Ahwoi was not picking his calls in spite of repeated calls to his mobile phone.

Reached for his comments, Mr. Kofi Adams, Spokesperson to former President Rawlings, said that he had no knowledge of any on-going mediation efforts between his boss and Mr. Kwamena Ahwoi and told this reporter to get his ‘boss himself’.

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