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14.04.2006 NPP News

NPP Practicing ‘Rule Of Rule’ Not ‘Rule Of Law’

By Ghanaian Chronicle

The National Youth Organizer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Haruna Iddrisu, says the initiation of criminal proceedings by the Kufuor-led New Patriotic Party (NPP) government represents a substitution of the concept of the Rule of Law with what he termed 'The Rule of the Rule'.

He said he did not understand why five years into his rule, the president had failed to prosecute any of his ministers and party members, many of whom were simply 'qualified' to face charges for causing financial loss to the state. The vocal politician said this when he addressed a well-attended gathering of party activists and media at the residence of the former president and founder of the party, Jerry Rawlings on Wednesday.

The meeting was precipitated by the appearance in court, earlier in the day, of the former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, and nine others at the Accra Fast Track High Court on charges of causing financial loss to the state.

Haruna contended that the government had anticipated that it would lose the civil case on the same subject which is pending in court hence the initiation of the criminal aspect of the same subject.

“Let it be said that President Kufuor cannot say that he is running a regime with saints and angels. I mean five years on not even a single member of his government has been committed for this nebulous law called financial loss to the state,” he fumed. He said it had become obvious that the government had targeted particular members of the previous government, and that was why the same people had been returned to the courts for the same offence over and over again.

The National Chairman of the party, Dr. Kwabena Adjei, said the public should not interpret the solidarity the NDC fans accorded Nana Konadu, when they all trooped in their thousands to the court, as an abetment of crime since she had not yet been proven guilty. He said the NDC would never stand against any due process initiated by the government against any of its members. He reminded the NPP that though they were in government, there was opposition in waiting for them so they should be careful.

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