Brochure fiasco: Kenyan president mentioned as president of Ghana
Ghana made a farce of its Independence Day celebrations after government officials confused Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta to be their own head of state in the official program.
The brochure for the event had other embarrassing errors, including spelling mistakes and wrong facts about Ghana’s economic status and location on the world map.
Images of the brochure distributed to guests during the 59th Independence Day celebrations in the capital city, Accra, have gone viral and exposed the Ghanaian government to ridicule.
Meanwhile Workers of the Information Services Department (ISD) have denied culpability in the error-ridden Independence Day brochure.
They have questioned the decision of the acting director, Mr Francis Kwarteng Arthur to accept responsibility for something they did not do and go ahead to apologize for it.
The error-ridden brochure, which was distributed during Ghana’s 59th Independence Day celebration at the Black Star Square in Accra on Sunday was characterised by incomprehensible grammatical expressions, poor spellings and a host of other inaccuracies. It has provoked outrage and condemnation among a section of the public.
Among the many mistakes in the brochure was the description of Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, as the President of Ghana.
Expressions such as, “The innovated partnership is being concretized in many areas of economic trajectory , particularly trade…”, “…rainbow at the end of the tunnel…”, “…as if by divine-designed…” and “Ghana is a low-income country in the world…”, have also been described as ambiguous or false by some observers.
On Monday, the ISD in a statement signed by the acting director, Mr Kwarteng Arthyr accepted blame for the mistake.
But in a response some of the workers have denied that the ISD was responsible.
They claim that the imprint of the brochure indicates the Flagstaff House Communications Bureau was responsible for it and wondered why the ISD was being blame for it.
On Monday evening, the head of operations at the ISD, Jemima Nancy Asare for instance wrote on Facebook that the ISD had not done anything.
She intimated that the imprints on the brochure did not show that the ISD printed it.
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