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06.06.2007 NDC News

NDC bares teeth

By D. Guide

Leadership of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has promised to deal ruthlessly with members who are leaking party information to its opponents, particularly the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

It announced that it would not mind spilling the blood of suspected fifth columnists in accordance with the tenets of the June uprising.

Unveiling the chilling agenda to track down people considered “sell outs” to hundreds of its foot soldiers at Somanya in the Eastern Region, the desperate NDC National Chairman, Dr. Kwabena Adjei noted the torture, murder and other atrocities associated with the revolution would be visited on NDC's internal enemies to teach them that dishonesty did not pay.

The National Chairman, who took his turn to address a rally to mark the 28th anniversary of the June 4, 1979 insurrection, said he had the blessing of the founder, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, presidential candidate, Professor John Evans Atta Mills, and the entire national executives to carry out the blood-spilling agenda.

The stunning revelation came on the heels of recent allegations of assassination plots against the party's Youth Organiser and MP for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu, who was said to have been accused of leaking party secrets to the NPP.

According to Kwabena Adjei, the party had realized to its dismay the existence of a large number of NPP informants within its fold, and warned that such suspected spies would be made to pay dearly for their treachery.

“I have one message for you. There are some NDC members who are seriously flirting with their colleagues in the NPP.

They are bedfellows, and as such siphon information to our opponents in the NPP. Let me warn you that I have the backing of our presidential candidate and national executive, to deal with any such person with the wrath and anger of June 4, 1979.”

Repeating the warning four times over, ostensibly to signal to the audience his determination to follow through with the threat, the former Majority Leader in Parliament called on members to expose the fifth columnists among them for drastic action to be taken, saying that it was a national decision for the party.

“Wherever you are in the party, either in Accra or Somanya, the June 4 wrath will be visited upon you if you are caught flirting with the NPP,” he warned.

Dr. Adjei was however quick to add that cases of internal espionage would first be thoroughly investigated before the destiny of offenders were determined.

Two members at the function, who spoke to DAILY GUIDE under conditions of anonymity, noted that the threat had the propensity to scare people, explaining that they could not deny their relations and loved ones simply because they did not belong to the same party.

They contended that the traditional nuclear family setup did not make it possible to separate people purely on partisan lines.

A woman among the audience observed that the threat of the national chairman gave a lot of credence to allegations in the media that there were attempts to assassinate Hon. Haruna Iddrisu on the suspicion that he was leaking information to the ruling party.

It would be recalled that in the wake of the revolution in June 1979, dozens of innocent Ghanaians including three former heads of state and five other senior military officers were killed while hundreds of others went missing.

A large number of people were also tortured, maimed or dehumanized, many of them on trump-up charges.

Several chilling accounts were told with tears freely flowing at various regional centres where many of the victims of the revolution appeared before the National Reconciliation Commission (NRC).

A number of perpetrators of the crimes against humanity had pleaded with their victims for forgiveness, saying they were misled by their leaders.

However, the main architect of the uprising, Jerry Rawlings had not shown any remorse, choosing to celebrate the event with fanfare.

Incidentally, soon after his threat, both Professor Mills and Jerry John Rawlings took turns to stress their commitment to the bloody event.

The law professor said June 4 was necessary and called on Ghanaians to think more of the cause of the revolution rather that question its effects.

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