Former minister of environment, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng has compared his field of expertise, medicine; to his secondary area of interest which is politics.
He holds that there exists a fundamental difference between the two fields where medicine demands exactitude yet politics does not always do same and allows room for ‘manipulation.’
Frimpong-Boateng was speaking in an interview with UTV on May 5 when he made statements relating to the need to use merit instead of connections in matters to do with development.
“In my field of medicine, 1 + 1 is 2, in politics; 1 + 1 is 2 + x. X is unknown, it can be 0, it can be anything, it can be -4, in which case 1 + 1 will be -2.
“In politics, you can’t balance the equation, it is not that straightforward, sometimes you can balance it only when x is 0. But when x takes on a number other than 0, be it negative or positive, you cannot be sure,” he explained.
Asked to give further explanation, he retorted: “Let the viewers, journalists and the public at large decide or judge for themselves if 1 + 1 is indeed 2.”
“In medicine, you have to be right and truthful at all times…but in politics, it is not so…,” he stressed.
There is a groundswell for a formal probe into the report even though the presidency says it was not a formal report.