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22.03.2005 General News

Kufuor Won't Waste Time On Rawlings - Agyepong

By Chronicle

Takoradi -- The President's Press Secretary, Kwabena Agyepong has noted that the recent unwarranted attack on President Kufuor by former president Rawlings has really exposed his true character and that neither the government nor president Kufuor would waste time pursuing it.

According to him, the statement "Kufour nie, Ataa Ayi nie" " Kufour nie, Krono nie" which was alleged to have been made by the former president during the recent demonstration against the petrol price hike should have been made by an ordinary person and not Mr. Rawlings as a former president.

Speaking in an interview with KYZZ 89.7 FM in Takoradi last Friday, Agyepong said the statement being attributed to the former president describing a sitting president as a criminal was very unfortunate but maintained that they would not waste time on the issue since the character of the man was already known.

He told his host that the government would not backtrack and reduce the price of petroleum products, as the demonstrators who gave the former president the platform to insult president Kufuor were demanding.

According to him, the world price of the crude oil has kept on going up even after the new price had been announced.

He called on the former president to come in and help as other former presidents are doing all over the world, if he felt that the economy was out of gear and stop insulting the sitting president.

Panelists who were on the programme dubbed "Asem yi dzi ka" however accused the government of being insensitive to the plight of the ordinary Ghanaians, arguing that government should have consulted the ordinary citizens before the recent petroleum hike.

Touching on the standard of the Ghanaian newspapers, Mr. Solomon Nkansah, one of the panelists popularly known as Solo by his listeners, noted that Ghanaian papers would remain substandard so long as they would not remain truly independent papers.

Solo further noted that the work of the media seems to be under the control of the government and that the journalism profession was losing its credibility in our country.

He however commended newspapers such as The Chronicle and the Network Herald for their objective reportage and for leading the fight against corruption in the country.

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