General News Fri, 1 Jun 2018
Former President Jerry John Rawlings says there are more greedy acts that members of his National Democratic Congress (NDC) perpetrated against the people of Ghana during their tenure that he has not revealed.“I have so much on my chest, and you misrepresented and bastardized the truth,” he said, warning that “it’s not over.”
Mr. Rawlings disclosed this while responding to questions on recent comments against former Presidents John Agyekum Kufuor and John Mahama at the 2nd Revolutionary Lecture Series held yesterday at the National Theatre in Accra.
The former President was criticized by the public for reportedly describing Mr. Kufuor as “evil” and Mr. Mahama, a “rogue.”
He made comments in the presence of chiefs and elders from Mepe in the Volta Region, who had called on him.
They had gone to him to formally invite him to the final funeral rites of Mamaga Awusi Sreku II, queen mother of the Mepe Traditional Area.
But Mr. Rawlings yesterday said, “NDC’s babies with sharp teeth” misrepresented the fact of the matter and bastardized the truth.
He described members of the NDC as greedy and selfish, saying they are part of the reason for the “poverty” in Ghana today.
The former President said the party thwarted his efforts to develop land for people in the Volta Region, which has historically supported the party.
According to him, it was unimaginable that in this modern era, there were families in Ghana still who are eating banku with “only hot water and salt.”
He vowed to further expose the NDC come June 4 at Madina Social Welfare Centre where the celebration is scheduled to take place.
The crowd responded with shouts of “more fire,” to which he responded “I hope I will see you all on June 4.”
Mr Rawlings looked them in the face as he described the NDC members as highly corrupt and greedy.
Former Finance Minister, Dr Kwesi Botchwey, who was one of the speakers at
According to him, “We used to be seen as the party of the common man.”
To restore NDC to its old glory, he said, “you need the numbers, you need the mass of the people.”
Meanwhile, Executive Director of Institute of Fiscal Studies, Ghana, Professor Newman Kwadwo Kusi, said “corruption, greed and wanton display of affluence have also become serious problems currently confronting the country.”
He indicated that “the majority of Ghanaians are of the view that corruption has increased in multiparty democratic environment, and that the pre-1992 revolutionary strategies to curb this destructive canker have been thrown out of the window.”
According to him, economic gains made as a result of the restoration of multiparty democracy have been eroded due to bad policies, greed and corruption.
He stressed the need to rethink Ghana’s future development and consider the restoration of the revolutionary principles of transparency, integrity and citizen centeredness.
The lecture, which was chaired by former Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, was attended by some NDC gurus such as Joshua Alabi, Ekwow Spio Garbrah, Dr Kwabena Duffuor, Sylvester Mensah who are seeking to lead the NDC into the 2020 presidential election.