- Ex-President Kufuor has rubbished libelous comments made against him by Jerry John Rawlings
- Former President Kufuor in a statement has denied all allegations leveled against him by the NDC founder
Former Ghanaian leader, John Agyekum Kufuor has fired back at the founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Jerry John Rawlings, over his recent ‘damning’ comment about him.
Ex-President Rawlings a few days ago opened ‘wild fire’ on the former heads of state, John Kufuor and John Dramani Mahama, branding them as ‘evil’ leaders.
Chairman Rawlings who was in a meeting with some Volta Regional chiefs and elders, accused the former presidents of being ‘evil’ and not deserving to be in heaven.
Rawlings in his conversation called the two ex-presidents corrupt, adding that they failed to put Ghana’s development agenda on track.
“I know with my integrity when I die, I will go to heaven but when I see these corrupt leaders, I will ask permission from God and flog them,” he said.
He also added that, “If they don’t leave heaven for me, I will go and leave the heavens and join Satan in hell because I cannot stay in the same place with them.”
But, the Communication Director of Mr Rawlings, Kobina Andoh Amoakwa, on Monday issued an apology over the comments, asking for forgiveness from the two statesmen.
“The former president apologises to former Presidents John Agyekum Kufuor and John Dramani Mahama for the choice of words. He deems the words as inappropriate and withdraws them,” the statement said.
However, in a sharp reaction, the office of former president Kufuor replied that although it accepts Mr Rawlings’ apology, he had some records to set straight.
In a statement signed by Dr Kwabena Osei Adubofour, ex-president Kufuor rejected Rawlings’ claims that he used his position to divert state property to his family and friends
“He [Kufuor] never divested any state property to himself or his family members. All the divestiture of state properties and enterprises that took place during his tenure in office was done legally and according to laid-down procedures, rules, and regulations, and to the utmost benefit of the people of Ghana,” the statement said.
According to Mr Kufuor, he never tried to unduly influence the promotion or appointment into the security services, more so, based on tribal consideration.
He stressed that in his government policies, he never used tribalism in serving the regions and tribes of Ghana.
The former president also explained that as to the creation of the medal the Order of the Black Star and Eagles of Ghana, he believes that it is the prerogative of the president of the state to make and he did as such.
“President Nkrumah had created all the others upon Ghana attaining independence,” he added.
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