Minister of Education Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh has dismissed suggestions he is arrogant a claim they say is evident in his public discourse, MyNewsGh.com reports.
He indicated that he is not arrogant as people perceive him
to be but that he is confident and speaks his mind on matters that involve him which
has rather been misconstrued by many as a mark of arrogance.
“Kwame in Ghana when you are bold, confident and speak your mind without recourse to intimidation, people see you as an arrogant person. I have heard people say I am arrogant. If you speak your mind people say you are arrogant. People pay others to go on radio and accuse me of being arrogant but it is typical of Ghanaians”, he revealed on Kumasi-based Pure Fm monitored by MyNewsGh.com.
According to him, anything is possible in politics as one’s
political opponents can deliberately paint him or her black to suit what they
think of him.
Asked by host Kwame Adinkrah if he is bothered for being
tagged arrogant, he responded “I am not bothered at all” adding “I have even been
accused of being impotent because of politics”
Assessing himself, he revealed that he is rather a very humble person who has learnt
under the tutelage of experienced lawmakers like Frederick Opare-Ansah and Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu.
“I humbled myself and they thought me what I never knew. I
never missed parliament as a first timer and they took me through parliamentary
proceedings. I asked questions when I came across an issue I had little or no
knowledge about. I have never been a chairman or ranking member of any
committee in parliament but I learnt a lot from these two people”, he revealed.
NAPO as he is affectionately called, is the MP for Manhyia South in Kumasi formerly Manhyia in the Ashanti Region. He was first elected to parliament in 2008 on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party and reelected in 2012
In 2016, he was re-elected with 35,958 votes, or 87.17%.
Source: MyNewsGh.com/Stephen Zoure/2020