It seems the hatchet between former presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor has still not been buried after several years of being in bad terms.
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Although both ex-presidents act cordial in public, they seem to have preserved their dislike for each other all these years.
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On Tuesday April 18, 2017, President Akufo-Addo invited all three former presidents to the Flagstaff House. Aside the excitement to see, for the first time, all four statesmen convening for discussions, there was something peculiar about the initial meeting between Rawlings and Kufuor.
The handshake the former presidents shared was nothing short of detached and emotionless.
There was no firmness to the shake and there was no eye contact or mutual smiles, classic signs of a “beef.”
The half-hearted handshake may have been as a result of the recent interview J.J. Rawlings granted a media house, where he accused J.A. Kufuor of failing to prosecute a son of former Speaker of Parliament Peter Ala Adjetey while he was in office.
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However Mr Kufuor in a statement dismissed Rawlings’ assertion, saying “there is no truth whatsoever in this allegation. I wonder what ails Rawlings to make him always try to impugn my integrity in his interviews.”
It is public knowledge that the two had never gotten along shortly after Rawlings handed over power to Kufuor but the originating cause of the bad blood between them has never been made public.