General News of 2014-01-10

Statesmen don't keep quiet – Kofi Adams

Kofi Adams, aide to former President Rawlings says a statesman does not mean being "quiet over wrong’’ like the New Patriotic Party (NPP) wants Ghanaians to believe.

Mr Adams was responding to an NPP statement asking President Rawlings to “TREAD THE PATH OF STATESMEN''.

''Are we saying that a statesman is one who keeps quiet over a wrong or one who keeps quiet over a misrepresentation,'' he questioned.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, the deputy general secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) said the NPP's statement failed to deny the acts of corruption that Mr. Rawlings accuse the NPP and former President Kufour of.

He said being a statesman does not mean one should not and cannot criticise wrong doings.

Ex-President Rawlings in an address to students in the Volta region to climax the regional camp of the International Youth Fellowship at the Adidome Senior High School among other things, referred to Mr Kufuor as an "autocratic thief."

“People keep saying that I should keep quiet on Kufuor. The day I keep quiet on Kufuor, his image will become whitewashed and he will use that stolen corrupt wealth to determine the political destiny of this country. I will not. All I have is my integrity," Mr Rawlings noted.

But the NPP in a statement signed by party chairman Jake Obetsebi Lamptey said the “constant insults and attacks" by Mr Rawlings on his successor is "unbecoming of a former military leader, later head of state, who should naturally be wearing the shoes of statesmanship."