- Former president Jerry John Rawlings has described the erstwhile Mahama administration as the worst in the nation’s history
- He said Mahama’s government engaged in deep corruption with impunity
- Rawlings has been criticising Mahama and the NDC before and after the party lost the 2016 elections
Former president Jerry John Rawlings has claimed that President Akufo-Addo and his New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration inherited corruption at its worst from the erstwhile Mahama administration.
According to Rawlings, when Akufo-Addo took over from the John Mahama goverment in 2017, the country was already sinking deep in practice of corruption with impunity.
“By the time this administration came into office, the country was literally drowning in the practice of corruption with impunity. The NPP has therefore inherited national corruption at its worst,” Rawlings stated.
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He was speaking when he received a delegation of political leaders from Sierra Leone, led by former Vice-President, Chief Sam-Sumana.
This is not the first time the former President has castigated Mahama and the NDC.
Rawlings had in the past expressed disgust about what he claimed was serious corruption in the previous Mahama administration, criticizing the members for putting their interests first.
Since the NDC lost the 2016 general elections, the ex-president has criticized the leadership of the party – with Mahama at the receiving end – for engaging in various acts of corruption, including vote-buying in internal NDC elections.
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This has pitched him against some elements in the party, who are not satisfied with his public criticism of the leadership of the party.
He had also described members of the party as greedy and selfish, saying they are part of the reason for the ‘poverty’ in Ghana today.
Speaking to the delegates that visited him over the weekend, Mr. Rawlings said that governments that fail to punish corrupt officials provide a favourable climate for crime to thrive, adding that that was the case of the NDC.
He indicated that “the current government owes its own survival to the anti-corruption crusade.”
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Former President Rawlings, therefore, called on citizens to help the government fight corruption since government alone cannot succeed in doing so.
The former Vice-President of Sierra Leone said the group recognizes the ideals of former President Rawlings who wants to see a better Africa.
He said Mr. Rawlings served as the foundation for the renewed development of Ghana after the demise of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
“We look up to you as a role model because of the peace and stability you brought not only to Ghana, but also Sierra Leone and Liberia during your tenure as head of state,” Chief Sam-Sumana stated.
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