'Tribal comments distasteful' - Rawlings

'Tribal comments distasteful' - Rawlings

Founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Jerry John Rawlings has chastised former Minister of Transport, Dzifa Attivor for her tribal comments.

'Tribal comments distasteful' - Rawlings

Ghana’s former President, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings has condemned Dzifa Attovor's tribal comments

The former minister at a party gathering at Ketu South in the Volta region remarked that the people of the Volta region should not vote for the opposition NPP to come to power because if they [NPP] do, they will witch-hunt members of the NDC.

Referring to the record of the NPP government between 2001 to 2008, Dzifa Attivor argued the NPP targeted only members of her ethnic group for prosecution.

When the NPP won power in 2001, most ministers who are Ewes were imprisoned, including Serlomey and Abodakpi and a host of other ministers. Does that mean that no individual from any other tribe has faulted in the discharge of their duties? she said in her native language.

But former President Rawlings, whose name was mentioned in the audio has come out with a statement condemning the former minister’s ethnocentric comment.

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He further noted that he does not subscribe to tribal politics and must not be drawn into such issues.

I find it distasteful that aside making ethnocentric references accusing the NPP Presidential candidate of being tribalistic, she [Dzifa Attivor] also insinuated that because I was the Founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the electorate in the Volta Region should vote for the party on that basis.

“I do not subscribe to the politics of ethnic bias and never have. While I may not be a fan of the NPP, I know their presidential candidate is not tribalistic or ethnocentric. Whatever Nana Addo’s shortcomings, tribalism is not one of them. Some known and respected Voltarians like Nutifafa Kuenyehia should be able to testify to his political nature,” Mr. Rawlings opined.

He concluded by urging the electorate not to allow "immature behaviour and pronouncements" to cloud their judgment.

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