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07.06.2005 Politics

Kufuor Has Already Tampered With the Constitution

Ghanaian Chronicle

THE CENTRAL Regional National Democratic Congress (NDC) Youth Organizer, Adams Kofi says President Kufuor has already tampered with the constitution through the imposition of petroleum taxes without recourse to Parliament.

Speaking to The Chronicle in an interview this week, Adams Kofi explained that between January 2003 and February 2005, taxes were imposed on petroleum products without the consent of Parliament.

Parliament, he noted, would have taken into consideration the adverse effects the high taxes on those petroleum products would have on the economy.

The youth organizer's comment came days after President Kufuor had declared his intention of leaving a legacy in Ghana by not tampering with the constitution, in an interview with Voice of America's Shaka Ssali.

According to Adams Kofi, the President had tampered with the constitution again when he allowed the importation of right hand-driven vehicles into the country before the laws were changed; while government's controversial back out of the discussion on importation of poultry products, was an affront to the constitution.

Continuing, he noted that ex-president Rawlings had already set the pace for not doing anything to tamper with it, therefore President Kufuor's assertion must be treated with contempt.

He maintained that Mr Kufuor's popularity had dwindled, arguing that the president would fail if he should test his popularity in a referendum.

The NDC regional youth organizer cited the fizzled IFC and CNTCI loans and the on-going Ms. Giselle Yajzi saga as some of the issues that had demeaned the president.

The youth organizer has indicated also support for public enquiry devoid of partisan politics into the hotel saga.

In another development, Adams Kofi has appealed to the Ghana Education Service (GES) to sit down with the striking Graduate Teachers and negotiate with them instead of issuing threats.