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08.10.2009 Politics

I don't hate Kufuor but I don't like his face – Koku Anyidoho

By myjoyonline
Communications Director at the presidency, Mr Koku AnyidohoCommunications Director at the presidency, Mr Koku Anyidoho

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The Communications Director at the presidency, Mr Koku Anyidoho has denied media reports he hates former president Kufuor.

He has however conceded stating in a radio interview in London that he does not like the former president.

Mr Anyidoho said his comments were taken out of context explaining that his dislike for former president Kufuor stemmed from certain decisions of the former president.

“I may not like Mr Kufuor and indeed I don't like his face because of certain things he did. I mean if you are leaving office and days before you leave you release armed robbers and it comes out that one of them is establishing an armed robbery academy, training young boys you don't expect me to like him,” he told Joy FM's Super Morning Show host, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah.

To the members of the NDC who want the NDC government to immediately throw former government appointees into jail, Mr Anyidoho said they have to wait.

“The fact that I don't like president Kufuor doesn't mean that we can just get up and go and carry him and throw him in jail,” he stated.

Mr Anyidoho said the process of gathering convincing information and evidence to secure a conviction was slow.

According to him, the president was determined to work in accordance with due process of law because he swore an oath to do so.

He is therefore not going to continue the cycle of harassment of political opponent as was the case in the past, he observed.

Touching on his controversial attack on another leading member of the NDC, Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, the Communications Director said Dr Spio-Garbrah's comments needed to be responded to.

He denied insulting the former Communications Minister in the previous NDC government insisting that the reference to Dr Spio-Garbrah as “a man walking around like a peacock with a cheap doctorate degree” was not meant to be an insult. “It was an idiomatic expression,” he stressed.

Mr Anyidoho is incensed by comments by Dr Spio-Garbrah that the president had fielded a 'Team B' leaving out a 'Team A'. He was particularly unhappy with Dr Spio-Garbrah's claim that “Lobbying has been raised to a high fine art, and many have been appointed not on the basis of merit but by virtue of proximity to power, feigned loyalty, financial considerations and other factors.”

Feigned loyalty?, Mr Anyidoho asked. “For me Koku Anyidoho, who took a decision that people thought was madness, I was in a bank as a manager of investment, and I resigned… prior to the elections my well paid job to come and invest my time and career path in Prof Mills because I believed in the man, I saw something in him, I saw that if I sacrificed and supported this man to become president of Ghana, I will not be able to (brighten) my future, but I sustain the future of my daughter and my daughter's children.

“I didn't take that decision alone, the Fifi Kweteys, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah's, the Nii Lantey Vanderpuyes… young men who saw something in this man and we sacrificed, are we the ones to be accused of feigning loyalty, he asked.

Mr Anyidoho said, comparing the sacrifices he and others made to bring the NDC to power and Dr Spio-Garbrah who took a job with the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation in London, the latter had no right to claim they were given appointments because of feigned loyalty.

He said although he does not think that the use of intemperate language was acceptable, when people seek to mislead the public, their attention must be drawn to the facts.

Play the attached audio for excerpts of the interview with Mr. Anyidoho

Story by Malik Abass Daabu/Myjoyonline/Ghana