Ex-Prez Mills' Boys Stranded At Castle

Grapevine reports indicate that staffers of the late President John Evans Atta Mills have been rendered redundant at the Osu, Castle. Daily Guide sources at the Castle disclosed that there was a strong power play going on at the Castle that made Mills staffers, including his loquacious Communications Director Koku Anyidoho, Mills’ Director of Operations Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, and Chief of Staff Henry Martey Newman, only go to loiter at the Castle and draw their salaries at the end of the month. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has also been yanked off from his frontline role for speaking for the president. He has been asked to focus on his parliamentary ambition. Mr Martey Newman has been seen following the president occasionally but Castle sources told Daily Guide that he was only marking time and that those who were now the movers and shakers at the Presidency were a certain Roger, who was the secretary to Mr Mahama when he was the vice president, Alhaji Baba Kamara, High Commissioner to Nigeria who had virtually taken up a new role as defacto Chief of Staff and Director of Operations, and Stan Dogbe, a cousin of Alfred Agbesi Woyome, the embattled NDC bankroller, who was now acting as Director of Communications. The affected aides of the late President Mills who earn an average of GH˘4,000 monthly, before the recent salary increase, were the ones closest to him. Daily Guide gathered that the displaced staffers still occupy the secretariat of President Mills because President Mahama has refused to move into his former boss’s office. President Mahama is still occupying the vice president’s office, although he is not the vice president. The president’s attitude, which has curiously raised several eyebrows, has compelled Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur to perch at the State House. Presidential spokesman John Abdulai Jinapor told Daily Guide on Thursday: “He is operating from the Castle, and there is not much difference [Whether he is operating from the President or his vice’s office]. There is not much difference, honestly, I don’t know why, but I don’t think there is much difference.” Idle Hands Daily Guide information reveals that the unspecified schedule of Mills’ old staffers has left a lot of them confused. Sources told the paper that some of the secretaries came to the office and slept. A source told Daily Guide that Koku Anyidoho had nothing to do in his mistaken belief that he was still the Director of Communications but his secretary had been on French leave because there was nothing for her to do. He has also ceded some of his aides like Peter Bamfo to support Vice President Amissah Arthur. Daily Guide gathered that President Mahama has decided to keep these staffers in a bid not to rock the boat in the already fragile front of the ruling NDC. Instead of downright dismissals, President Mahama’s men have been subtly infused into the government. For instance, Alhaji Kamara, Ghanaian’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, is said to be the de facto Chief of Staff, even though Henry Martey Newman is still maintaining the front as a titular Chief of Staff. The diplomat, who is President Mahama’s fellow Gonja tribesman, is often spotted with him on all official duty tours. Alhaji Kamara was on Friday spotted among the presidential entourage that went around greeting Muslims during the Eid-Ul-Adha festival. He uses the vehicle assigned for his diplomatic duties in Nigeria here in Ghana.