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25.11.2011 General News

NDC junior ministers are 'disrespectful' - Kwabena Agyepong

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Kwabena Agyepong, a former spokesperson of ex-President J. A Kufuor, has said the rich culture of Ghana is being destroyed by some junior ministers of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) whose public pronouncements lack decorum.

Mr. Agyepong was peeved and took a swipe at the ministers for their blatant disregard for elder opposition politicians and will usually hide behind their public status to jab without bases just to score cheap political points.

Speaking on Metro TV's Good Evening Ghana show on Thursday, the former presidential spokesman said it is sad such ministers namely deputy Tourism Minister James Agyenim-Boateng and deputy Information Minister Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa have no record to prove, but take delight in mudslinging the NPP flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo, whom he described as 'one of the top three lawyers of Ghana,' with enviable political feat to prove.

'As a country we have to begin to celebrate people who have contributed to society,' Agyepong, who is currently into solid waste management told host Paul Adom Otchere. 'You listen to the radio and some of these young deputy ministers without regard to our culture and our culture determine that we must respect our elders in society and they talk about Nana Addo in such a derogatory manner. '

'It is un-Ghanaian. It's wrong. You can disagree with him on politics but the attacks, the lies, the propaganda and character assassination that is not how we do our politics,' he added.

Agyepong refused the host's claims that when he was young he attacked ex-President Jerry John Rawlings, whom he accused of having a hand in the murder of his father in the '80s. He said the politics of the early '90s that saw a lot of personal attacks is totally different from today because in those days Ghanaians were beginning to familiarize themselves with freedom of speech.

'I did not attack Rawlings' persona… in 1992 we attacked Rawlings' policies. We can disagree on issues but the collective security of our country should be everybody's interest. Look at the politics in this country now.

'When people are bottled up it's like caging a dog and when you release that dog there is an overreaction. In 1992 that was to be expected, the country was bottled up and there was no way you could talk. It was the first time we were having free expression.

'I will expect that politics should change now. No need for personal attack and running people down,' Mr. Agyepong stated.

Source: Citifmonline

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