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31.05.2012 Politics

Poser For Rawlings

By Daily Guide
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A MEMBER of the communications team of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has tasked ex-President Rawlings to explicitly tell the electorate to reject President Mills and the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the December 7 polls. 

Kwabena Sarpong said though former President Rawlings has being implying in his speeches that the electorate should reject the current government, he has failed to call a spade a spade. 

'I think that it is about time the former President told the electorate not to renew the mandate of President Mills in clear terms so that they get the message right once and for all instead of making proverbial implications,' he said. 

Appearing on Minority Caucus, a political talk show on the Joy news channel on Multi TV Wednesday, he said the ex-President's messages would be better understood when he begins to speak in plain language. 

At the 33 rd anniversary of the 31 st  December Women's Movement (DWM) in Accra recently, Rawlings said the NDC was faced with the 'perceived enemies and the traitors' but did not mention names.

In that speech Ghana's longest serving head of state said the traitors must first go before the perceived enemies can be dealt with.   

Though many commentators were quick to point fingers at the Mills-led government as the traitors the former President was talking about, many Ghanaians are confused about the proverbial statement. 

Mr. Sarpong believes many Ghanaians would have understood him better if he had simply pointed out that as the traitors the Mills-led administration must go. 

The NPP leader emphasized that ex-President Rawlings was not angry with the current government because of its inability to jail supposedly corrupt former officials of the erstwhile NPP as being put out by government spokespersons. 

He thinks the NDC founder is annoyed because of the corrupt practices being undertaken by leading members of government. 

According to him, one of the issues that has most aggravated the former President is the fraudulent payment of GH¢51.2 million to Alfred Agbesi Woyome, the NDC financier as judgment debt. 

He said the former president was also unhappy about the extravagant lifestyles of leading government functionaries since assuming office such as the building of mansions and acquisition of luxurious vehicles.

 From Morgan Owusu, Kumasi

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