Political Scientist at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Professor Edward Brenya, says it is untrue that his bias towards the National Democratic Congress had tinted his political analysis of government policies over the years.
The Professor who is currently contesting to be elected as the NDC parliamentary candidate for Sekyere Afram Plains noted that, while he has been a member of the party since 1992, he has always separated his academic work from his private life.
“I’ve been a member of the NDC since 1992 when I joined the party. But looking at what I do, and the fact that I am supposed to, especially when looking at national issues, when analyzing policies, I am supposed to tell it as it is, I have tried as much as possible not to influence what I say by my party colours, and that is what I have done for all this while, but I have always been a member of the NDC,” he said.
According to him, his commentary as an analyst on political shows etc. has been from an academic point of view and not from his political point of view.
He stated that so far, there has only been positive feedback from his colleagues in the academic fraternity, and he is certain they can vouch for his objective analysis of political issues.
“I think the academic community have always listened to Brenya and know that in analyzing issues, Brenya tells it as it is. So I don’t think it is possible for someone who is very partisan to not be easily notice,” he said.
He continued, “You would agree with me that when the NDC was in power, if I felt that the NDC was doing things that from academic point of view need to be criticized, I did it and I did it perfectly and I did same to the NPP.
“So it will be very interesting if someone now comes back to tell you that something you might have said several years back when you were doing it from your expertise, that because today you have decided to come and do full time politics that whatever you might have said in the past might have been influenced by your biases, absolutely not.
“I make sure that I differentiate my professional activities from what I consider is private. At the point that I have looked at an issue as an academic, I look at the theory that informs the issue, give it the face it requires when I’m analyzing.
“So I don’t think you would, Evans, at any point in time, say that if I have ever criticized the NDC administration you’ll tell me that I was criticizing it because of my biases towards the NDC. Imagine the same way I would be very shocked if anybody says when you criticize the NPP administration it was because of your biases. Absolutely not.”
Prof. Brenya is one of a number of technocrats who have picked up nomination forms from the NDC to contest in their parliamentary primaries.
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