Chief Of Staff Position Not A Party Job...Julius Debrah Must Be Firm - Kwesi Pratt

Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jr. has advised the new Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah not to wear his party colours on his sleeve in his newly-assigned job.

Speaking on "Kokrokoo" on Peace FM, Kwasi Pratt asked Mr. Julius Debrah to toughen up as Chief of Staff and not allow himself to be blinded by his party affiliation.

According to Mr. Pratt, the liberal character of Mr. Debrah may not help him to undertake his official duties effectively.

Julius Debrah, Local Government and Rural Development Minister, was on Tuesday appointed Chief of Staff.

He replaces Douglas Prosper Bani and will be deputized by Jonny Osei Kofi, a member of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) who also served with the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly in 2013.

Mr. Debrah doubled as the Eastern Regional Minister and Head of the Ghana Tourist Board before his new appointment.

Speaking further, Kwesi Pratt noted that Mr. Debrah may have some difficulties in handling exceptional ministers in government such as Ekwow Spio-Gabrah, Hannah Tetteh and Seth Terkper who have vast experience in their respective offices.

He wants Julius Debrah to be firm, fair and hard to succeed in line of duty.

The job of a chief of staff is not a party job. It requires technical competence. If a technical memo of about 6 billion loan from China comes to him, will he be able to work on it? I don’t know him, but these are serious questions we need to ask."