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26.09.2004 General News

E. T. Mensah punches Kufuor’s Gov’t

By LORETTA MAWUSE DOTSE

“They said we were incompetent yet they can't even manage sports'

Former Youth and Sports Minister, Mr Enoch Teye Mensah, has slammed the ruling Kufuor-led NPP administration for inefficiency and mismanagement of sports in Ghana.

Speaking last Friday during a tour of his constituency by NDC flagbearer John Evans Atta-Mills, Mr Mensah, who is widely tipped to return to Parliament in January on the Ningo-Prampram constituency ticket, said the NPP accused NDC in opposition of incompetence. But now that they are in power, they can't even manage the sports sector, he added.

He said six people have tried so far to manage the sports sector without success.

“They have all failed”, he noted, adding that the NPP accused NDC of corruption and rode into office with the promise of zero tolerance for corruption. But now that they are in government and the truth is hitting them in the face, the President has come out to say that corruption is as old as man.

He therefore urged Ghanaians to vote the NDC back into power because it is obviously the best choice.

On his part, Atta-Mills asked all his supporters to be tolerant and restrain themselves from fighting on his behalf because the almighty God, he believes, will fight all his battles for him.

Among the places Mills visited were Mataheko, Ablekuma, Afienya, Dawhenya and Prampram among others.

With him were his wife, Mrs Ernestina Naadu Mills, Hon. E T Mensah, Propaganda Secretary Alhaji Farouq Braimah among others.

By the time the team got to Afienya, there was already a huge crowd gathered amidst cheers and jubilation.

Addressing a mini rally organised in his honour, Mills said that the impression the present government is trying to create in the minds of all Ghanaians that the NDC is a violent party is baseless because if they had wanted to remain in power by force, they wouldn't have handed over power peacefully in 2000.

He said there he always prays for the country not to be ruled by a military government ever again and that the assertion that the NDC wanted a violent overthrow of the Kufuor regime was false.

He said Ghanaians must also know that despite all the lies that have been spread about the former President, the fact still remains that he brought peace and stability into the country. Nobody can ever take that away from him, he added.

He said the NPP administration has brought nothing good with the declaration of positive change and that the NDC has done a lot for Ghana, and credit must be given where it's due.

Concluding, he asked all Ghanaians to do whatever they have to do through the right channel in order to sustain the peace in the country.

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