Stop bleaching - Rawlings tells Anita Desoso

Stop bleaching - Rawlings tells Anita Desoso

Former president Jerry John Rawlings drew audible gasps and then laughter from the NDC faithful in Accra on Monday when advised Anita Desoso, the deputy chairperson of the NDC, to stop bleaching.

Jerry Rawlings

Jerry Rawlings

The former president made the comments ahead of a speech to mark the June 4 uprising at the Madina Social Welfare School Park in Accra.

Moments before the speech, Anita Desoso had knelt down before Rawlings, and calling him her father, she pleaded with him to forgive the NDC for offending him and join in the efforts to make the party better.

Stop bleaching - Rawlings tells Anita Desoso

Anita Desoso

In his response, Rawlings said: "Anita says I'm her father... I'm indeed her father... but she is getting too fair."

The remark drew gasps of "ooh" and then wild laughter from the audience.

Rawlings continued: "Let's stop such attitude... those [bleaching] creams are not good."

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In an interview after the event, Anita Desoso denied bleaching, saying that her children took her complexion.

She said, however, that Rawlings had the right to make that remark because she considered him her father.

She added that her biological father had died at the age of 47.

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Rawlings' remark drew laughter on social media.

In his speech, Rawlings, who founded the NDC, condemned some members of the party, for according to him, abandoning the ideals of June 4 and dissociating themselves from the event.

“Indeed, many of these personalities have shamelessly disassociated themselves from our history in a bit to create the impression that it is a blot on the image of the party.

“Elitism and gross display of affluence has almost engrossed us and as I stated in 2017, we are still at the crossroads,” he said.

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