German Ambassador aims dig at John Mahama over “apotro” car comment

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German Ambassador to Ghana Christoph Retzlaff has responded to NDC Flagbearer’s reference to global car manufacturing giant VW as an ‘apotro’ (frog) car assembling plant.


German car production company Volkswagen on Thursday, September 17 launched a production collaboration with BlackIvy aimed at producing affordable homes and affordable cars for the Ghanaians.

Surprisingly, the NDC flagbearer has cynically sought to ridicule government’s efforts to convince the car manufacturing giants to establish assembling plants in Ghana by labeling their cars in a very derogatory manner, claiming it is because of the initiative that the government is banning the importation of all second-hand cars.

“They said they had brought ‘apotro’ (frog) car assembling plant and because of that they say they would not allow anybody to import home second-hand cars into the country. They say when you bring it in, you will pay 35% fees instead of the 10% we used to charge”

“They (NPP) said if the car has a small dent they would not allow you to bring it. We all know that is what is giving us jobs and bringing incomes to households.”

“We met the people and they told us their problems, and we said when we come we shall cancel that law. Before we realized, the NPP members say they are no longer going to apply that law. They have suspended it, and I said it is good. The owner of the manifesto is coming to do it well,” he added”, the former President stated during a campaign tour of the Tain Constituency.

The German Ambassador who clearly wasn’t enthused with the Ex- President’s remarks has taken to twitter to tout the quality of cars German manufactured cars.

“All German cars are excellent quality I can safely say”, Ambassador Retzlaff said in response to the Daily Guide newspaper’s publication on the ex-president’s comments.

Speaking at the launch of the production collaboration between Volkswagen and BlackIvy, Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia indicated that it is a manifestation of our government’s made-in-Ghana strategy that underpins Ghana Beyond Aid.

“For the automotive industry to be successful, there must be enough domestic demand for the vehicles produced. In this context, our proposed National Transport Recapitalization Project will provide a lease-to-own option to all commercial drivers to exchange their old cars for new-made or assembled-in-Ghana vehicles”, the Vice President said.

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