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06.09.2005 General News

No fault with JAK's conduct towards JJ -Blay

No fault with JAK's conduct towards JJ -Blay

The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Freddy Blay, has described President John Agyekum Kufuor's conduct towards the NDC leader, ex-Flt. Lt. J.J Rawlings, as "unblemished".

Commenting on attempts by the National House of Chiefs to "reconcile" the sitting president with the man who is clearly out to undermine him, Mr. Blay told the ADM that: "I do not see the current President doing anything wrong against the former President."

However, Mr Blay said, if the National House of Chiefs perceive that a strained relationship exists between Rawlings and the sitting President then they should go ahead and resolve it. "I would not pooh-pooh it. If the House of Chiefs is saying it is important to reconcile the two personalities, the sitting President and the former President, so be it. I do not know whether there is bad blood flowing between the two," he explained.

Mr. Blay said the two men have different political ideologies, and they would always approach issues differently for, " it is a question of style and a matter of vision." He lamented: "It is unfortunate that you see the former President calling the sitting President a blood letting man, a thief and a liar. It is in bad taste, but may be that is him; let us take it like that, we are getting used to it."

He called on Rawlings to mind his utterances against the sitting President, because it brings the presidency into disrepute.

A committee from the National House of Chiefs recently met ex-Flt. Lt. Rawlings and President Agyekum Kufuor to "reconcile" them. The President of the House of Chiefs, Odeneho Gyapong Ababio II, led the delegation.

He informed journalists that the separate meetings between the two men had been successful. However, he could not tell whether the two would soon meet face to face.

Religious leaders had much earlier attempted a "settlement" but failed when they asked Rawlings to apologise to President Kufuor for using uncomplimentary statements against the latter and he refused. He was at it last week again when he launched a tirade against the Presidents of Ghana and Nigeria.

Deriding the whole exercise of "reconciliation, he declared to his supporters at a rally that he had given the National House of Chief delegation a list of crimes for President Kufuor to answer first.