A member of the controversial feminist group Pepperdem Ministries, Ms Felicity Nelson has viciously slammed the Akufo-Addo led government over the Presidency’s suspension of one of her Pepperdem colleagues, Dr Louise Carol Serwaa Donkor.
According to Ms. Nelson, the backlash Dr. Donkor who works as a Policy and Communication Analyst at the Jubilee House, received for her comments was unwarranted and misogynistic.
Ms Donkor, who is the number 114 on the list of 998 is, in addition to her presidential staffer role, a leading member of controversial feminist group PepperDem.
She wrote in response to a post about not dealing with footsoldiers as a principle: “You shouldn’t”, she encouraged her friend who posted it. “You can’t reason with them (footsoldiers).”
“It’s like tribalist”, she added.
She has also been directed by the Chief of Staff Akosua Frema Opare to apologise for the comment.
Even though she has apologized over the comment, a statement from the Presidency Tuesday said “These comment sought to disparage a section of the Ghanaian society, a conduct which is unacceptable to this office. Consequently, you are directed to suspend Dr. Donkor from office for a period of 30 days beginning the 13th day of June 2018.
“Further, she is required to render in writing an unconditional apology and commit to good behavior”.
However reacting to the dismissal of her friend, an enraged and furious Ms Nelson, who serves as an in-house panelist on ClassFM’s Executive Breakfast Show, indicated that: “Right now, I think that we are actually going into an era in which we are doing government by foot soldiers. … There was no mention of NPP or NDC, so, I’m quite surprised that NPP people have taken it so personally”.
She continued: “I think it [the backlash] was completely unwarranted. And actually there was a lot of misogynistic focus in terms of the insults … where people were saying she slept her way into her position, there was a lot of comments about ‘she’s ugly’, you know a lot of social media bullying by people who are even presidential staffers themselves. She has a PhD and she actually got a scholarship to do this PhD and it wasn’t given by the government.
“Just a few weeks ago, we had Nii Teiko Tagoe, who is also a presidential staffer, say that the guy who went to protest [for the opening of the University of Ghana Medical Centre at a programme attended by First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo], ‘in another country, he could have been shot’, he is still at post. We had Napaga, in January, she said that they should stop giving her CVs when they meet her at official events, she is still at post, so, I think it’s very interesting now when Louise makes this comment, it wasn’t even directed at any [party] and this whole thing of ‘a section of Ghanaians’, what does that mean? Is government supposed to serve public interest or is it supposed to serve a section of Ghanaian society.
“I think even they [Presidency] know that it is so petty and so ridiculous… Why didn’t they say that: ‘We want to appease our foot soldiers because we failed to give them jobs, we failed to give them the healthcare they deserve, we don’t give them ambulances if they go to the hospitals, no oxygen, we haven’t given you the factories we promised … so what we are going to do is that we are going to use this to distract them from the things that we have actually failed to provide’, so, that’s what this really is and I’m so appalled, I’m really appalled … I’m so ashamed to be Ghanaian today because I actually voted for this government, today I am ashamed”, Ms Nelson fumed.