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07.05.2004 Business & Finance

NPP Incurs ¢35 Trillion In Three Years

By Ghana Palaver

By their deeds, ye shall know them”, so says the Good Book and this was amply exhibited in Cape Coast last Tuesday when the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, Professor John Evans Atta Mills was addressing a mini party rally at the Elmina taxi station.

The heavily attended mini rally formed part of the flagbearer's one-day working visit to the Cape Coast Municipality to meet party faithfuls. Just as the flagbearer started enumerating cases of mismanagement of the ruling government, power went off suddenly and the situation was quickly traced to the work of saboteurs suspected to be acting upon instructions from above.

What deepened the suspicion of people at the rally grounds was the fact that apart from the power outage at the venue, surrounding lights, including even streets lights were all on. The situation however, did not deter the flagbearer in the least and he waited till the darkness was “cleared” for him to continue. Continuing, Prof. Atta Mills said the government must be spending sleepless nights over the imprisonment of the 'Quality Grain Three', after the judge himself, had confessed before his death, that he was pressurized from “above” to send the three to jail.

He said the government has, since taking over from the NDC, had not stopped accusing the latter of “stealing” the country's money to the tune of ¢41 trillion but “what the government has refused to tell Ghanaians is that, the debt was accumulated over a period of 47 years, starting from the days of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah to the year 2000.

However, within the three and a half years that the NPP has been in government, a whooping debt of ¢35 trillion has been incurred and asked: “Where has all that money gone?”

Touching on the accusation of corruption against the NDC government, Prof Mills indicated that, Ghanaians are the best judges and asked the citizenry to delve into the stoppage of the playing of the son “Scentnoo on” on the national airwaves and asked where is the zero tolerance for corruption. He denied that the NDC had been planning to throw bombs in the country to crate panic and asked Ghanaians interest to know to go back to history to find out, who the bomb-throwers were and to what political tradition such people belonged.

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