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14.11.2005 General News

JJ accuses NPP of siphoning state money

By Daily Graphic
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The former President Jerry Rawlings has accused members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration of siphoning huge sums of money from state coffers to build mansions to live in luxury while majority of the people wallowed in poverty.

The former president leveled the accusation at the Eastern regional Congress of the Nation Democratic Congress (NDC) in Koforidua on Saturday.

According to him the inept and corrupt government being led by President Kufuor has made a lot of people in his administration millionaires who have acquired mansions at the expense of the ordinary people who he said were finding it difficult to live.

“ The ordinary people cannot pay school fees at the senior secondary school level, hospital bills or even afford decent meals, but member of government are using state funds to live in luxury and how long should this continue? He asked.

He said the mounting economic hardships, which started soon after the NPP took over from the NDC in 2000 seemed not to be abating and as a result, the ordinary Ghanaian had become immune to the hardship because they did not know when such hardships would end.

“ The corrupt NPP administration is aware of the hardship which is due to the corruption of its own men and therefore, fears the Armed Forces especially the air force and has reduced its status but if you do well you do not fear the armed forces,” he said.

Mr Rawlings who said the NPP poisoned the minds of the people to win both the 2000 and 2004 elections, called on Ghanaians to unite and rally behind the NDC to come back to power in 2008 to restore dignity to the people.

“ Life is unbearable for the people but if the NDC is brought back to power, the people will once more enjoy better life because we have done that before and we are capable of doing it again, ex president Rawlings said.