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28.10.2004 General News

Asantehene Blasts Rawlings

By Daily Guide
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Kumasi, Oct 28, Daily Guide -- The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has advised former President JJ Rawlings to be cautious in his public pronouncements and attacks on officials of government, and political authority of President Kufour, the constitutionally-elected president of the country.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu expressed worry that the former president often times, mounted political platforms to make derogatory remarks on the president on his ministers, a situation, which, according to him, does not foster unity development.
The Asantehene made these remarks when President J.A. Kufuor paid him a courtesy call at his Manhyia Palace in Kumasi to start a tour of the Ashanti Region. He further advised the country's politicians to be civil in their utterances, and accord every elected president the due respect, to ensure the sustenance of peace in the country.
Continuing, Otumfuo Osei Tutu urged the former president to be mindful of his utterances and gave President Kufuor the peace of mind to govern the country, if he professes to have the peace of the country at heart.
The Asantehene recalled that when the former president was the ruling president of the country in the out-gone National Democratic Congress (NDC) Administration, Ghanaians, including opposition parties, accorded him the courtesies he deserved. He, therefore, urged the NDC founder to refrain from the use of abusive language that tends to incite inter-party violence, which eventually breeds antagonism and hatred in society.

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