Professor Ransford Gyampo of the Department of Political Science, University of Ghana, has described the timing of the release of Prof Kwamena Ahwoi’s book, titled Working with Rawlings, as “problematic.”
According to Professor Gyampo, “publishing this book with many controversial contents about four months to an election that promises to be keenly competitive, is either a fundamental misjudgment and a display of weak sense of timing, or a shadow of an agenda to scuttle a chance, and start afresh with a preference.”
Giving his judgment on the book, the political science professor noted that the author displayed high sense of scholarship in documenting his perspectival truths about his working with former President Jerry Rawlings.
“This book attempts a great summary of some core issues of politics in Ghana under Rawlings in a manner that makes it reader-friendly. Given that it was released at a time we are preparing for elections, the author may profit a lot from sales, as the book speaks about a man, whose role in the lead-up to the coming elections, could help or hurt the two main political parties.”
Professor Gyampo further noted that, foreword writers “aren’t necessarily subscribers of the views of authors. You can simply tell this by reading the content of the foreword”.
“I have read the foreword as an academic, and I am still wondering why and how anyone who knows what forewords are, will have qualms about the author.
“The author of the foreword of this book is a big deal to only those who either do not know the purpose of a foreword, or have simply not read what is contained in that section. In academia the fact that one writes a foreword of a book doesn’t make the author guilty of the content of the book, simplicita.”
The book, authored by the former Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, has generated a lot of controversy and shaken the rank and file of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, running mate to former President John Mahama, has been entangled in a web of controversy after authoring the forward of the book.
Some critics assume her foreword is an endorsement of the contents of the book.
Part of the book alleged that some young communicators in the NDC, like Former Deputy Communication Minister, Felix Ofosu Kwakye, his former boss Dr Omane Boamah and North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, were groomed to talk back at Mr Rawlings.
Source: Class fm