- Stephen Atubiga, a leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said President Akufo-Addo is to blame for Jerry John Rawlings’ death
- He said the president failed to offer advanced medical help to the late former president resulting in his death
- Atubiga said the president could have had Rawlings flown abroad for help but he looked on for him to die at Korle Bu
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A leading member of the NDC, Stephen Atubiga, says Akufo-Addo should be blamed for what he termed the premature death of former president Jerry John Rawlings.
According to him, Akufo-Addo could have offered a better heath alternative to Rawlings than looking on for him to be treated at Korle Bu.
Atubiga was reportedly speaking in an interview with Kofi TV, according to a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Hotfmghana.com.
Telling how it all happened, he said Rawlings felt sick on Sunday, and doctors from the Flagstaff House came to check on him, however, Rawlings and the family did not allow that.
The late former president, Atubiga disclosed, asked personally to be taken to the Nyaho Clinic for treatment.
Consequently, Dr. Nyaho Tamakloe was invited to the house to see to the president, however, he said he had no logistic to cater for him, requesting for him to be taken to the health facility.
He continued that Rawlings’ wife, Nana Konadu, requested for her husband to be transferred to Korle Bu when she saw that his condition was not improving but rather worsening.
Unfortunately, he died on Thursday after the transfer. For this reason, Atubiga says if the president has any good intention for Rawlings as he is displaying now, he would have asked for him to be taken to the VVIP hospitals earmarked as COVID-19 centres rather than Korle Bu.
He stressed that the president could have also offered Rawlings protocol to be flown abroad for treatment, adding that he would not have died prematurely as is the case now.
According to him, the president traveled abroad to seek medical care when he fell sick, however, he refused to treat Rawlings that way.
Atubiga has threatened to exhume the corpse of the late statesman if the presidency sidelines the NDC in the funeral arrangements.
He argued that the body of the late ex-president is theirs and as such no one should dare take it from them.
Also, Asiedu Nketia, the General Secretary of the NDC, had earlier accused Akufo-Addo of trying to hijack the funeral of Rawlings, who was also the founder of the NDC.
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