Ghanaians on social media have descended heavily on former President John Jerry Rawlings after his rampant attacks on his successor, John Agyekum Kufuor.
The two former presidents have been in a tug of war recently after the former accused the latter of being responsible for the perennial floods in the country, especially Accra.
According to Rawlings, Kufuor left a legacy of impunity that encouraged Ghanaians to indiscriminately site buildings in waterways which made the latter also respond saying Rawlings should be the last person to ever speak about integrity.
“He (Rawlings) talks about integrity? You know that is like the pot calling the kettle black...He is the last person to talk about integrity,” Kufuor’s spokesperson said in an interview.
However, instead of the score between the two being settled, Rawlings who seemed unimpressed responded again to register his displeasure.
Justifying his reasons, Rawlings said his incessant attacks on Kufuor are borne out of his prior knowledge of the genesis of Ghana’s economic woes stating how his successor is a free man now due to the tolerance of Ghanaians and the country’s poor justice system.
According to him, although he has been advised to let sleeping dogs lie, “I cannot be silent knowing where, when and how the rot started all over again in this country...if I were to call you a hypocrite and other adjectives related to your character defects, I would be stating a fact about your nature.”
Moreover, he said, “For your information, being civil is one thing. Being hypocritical is something else. If I had such character traits we probably would have been allies!”
But Ghanaians reacting to Rawlings’ attack on Kufuor in a series of tweets said he (Rawlings) is no saint so doesn’t have the right to chastise Kufuor since he did worse when he was in power.
While some blamed him for destroying the spirit of entrepreneurship in the country, others said it’s ironical that the former president is criticising Kufuor.
Read the tweets below.
Rawlings parading himself as one of the best presidents Ghana has ever had really stresses me af. Like Man, you had 22 or so years and what did you do, clean gutter in Nima? He ankasa, he doesn’t have any moral right to make any political comment in this country. Mtchwww— Trevor Noah Freak?????????? (@ShaaibaR) 5 November 2019
Rawlings genuinely thinks he is a saint. Delusion on god level. https://t.co/cNnpj5bx89— Loaded Lux fan account (@kwesi_win) 5 November 2019
Rawlings destroyed the spirit of entrepreneurship in this country buy tagging and harassing everyone who was seen to be rich or progressing in business as Kalabule! It’s not about age but about how far u can read and listen to the stories told by ppl in that era, How old r u 2?— Jane. Tiffany (@ms_arkorful) 5 November 2019
technically he's my Grandfather but I agree with this msg.— ? ?EL- EL -KUJE? ? (@mrsaint54) 5 November 2019
like yooo you were a dictator and had the masses backing you, thats rare yet
you didn't use that to transform Ghana , i mean
look at Dubai.
Men like Rawlings think poverty is a virtue
"You should be grateful for the excessive tolerance of Ghanaians and the poor quality of justice in our society, which has allowed some big men like you to walk free".— Kang Fafa (@le_loudmouth) 5 November 2019
Rawlings is saying this? RAWLINGS? I- https://t.co/XL4EeQKzey
It’s really funny, all this noise he keeps making is because he was smart enough to infuse this in the 1992 constitution. He would be rotten in jail by now. Let’s expunge this and Rawlings is a dead leaf. pic.twitter.com/kKJv695Msf— Kojo Sarkodie (@paakojosarkodie) 5 November 2019
This shit is ironical asf, this is actually coming from rawlings? well...???????? https://t.co/GZ9DEtYSw6— Atonsu XXXTENTACION???? (@____addai) 5 November 2019
But to be honest, if not for democracy, Rawlings may have been shot, same way “he” shot other former military leaders. And on the issue of flooding, how many years was in power again? But who resolved the perennial Alajo floods?????— Nana Yaw Kesse #Minister4Happiness (@nykesse) 5 November 2019
"You should be grateful for excessive tolerance of Ghanaians and the poor quality of justice system in our society, which has allowed some big men like you to walk free"— ??? (@thicknlong) 5 November 2019
LOL Did you look in the mirror, JJ Rawlings?? https://t.co/0mOSkEVnBb