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JJ Finally Admits...Yes, I Do Have A Problem With Prez Mills 10/21/2010


In what can be described as the clearest open-admission yet of animosity and bad blood between him and his successor, Former President Jerry John Rawlings has explicitly stated that yes; he does have a problem with President Mills.

In his latest critique of the Mills’ administration and happenings within the ruling party, Ex-President Rawlings warned party executives and NDC adherents across the country to be wary of the activities of some senior officials of the party, accompanied by other misguided persons from the Presidency, who have embarked on a crusade of despicable half truths and false piety, so as not to fall victim to the lies, financial and material promises such dishonest elements are making.

Mr. Rawlings castigated the Mills administration for allowing “the mass of political testosterone that swirled around the NDC victory to evaporate.”

“We have allowed the audacity to defy irresponsible and wrongful behaviour from above to dissipate. We have again failed to investigate the electoral fraud that saw the stuffing and replacement of ballot boxes; we have failed to correct or punish where necessary the NPP’s politicisation, tribalism and victimisation of persons especially in the security services and allowed the status quo to fester into a malignant tumour….Do I have a problem with President Mills? Yes I do…,” former President Rawlings said.

Read below the full statement issued by former President Rawlings


STATEMENT BY FLT LT JERRY RAWLINGS ON CAMPAIGN OF MISINFORMATION BY ELEMENTS WITHIN NDC, PRESIDENCY

Some senior officials from the NDC Executive accompanied by other misguided persons from the Presidency are travelling from region to region using the powers of the Executive to indulge in dishonest and dishonourable behaviour by summoning party executives, telling stories, spreading falsehood and promising them vehicles, motorbikes, cash, jobs and rewards.

While an impression is being created of a government desperate to create an image of unity, these tours are used to malign and cast aspersions at people, especially Nana and I.

Let me remind all concerned that we won all our elections and survived some of the most trying times of our nation¹s history for as long as we did, bringing hope and relief to our people because of NDC¹s values and principles. Abandoning these values will not only spell the doom of the government but the hopes and aspirations of our people.
I am making a strong call to our party executives and supporters in the regions, constituencies, towns, villages and hamlets not to fall victim to the lies, financial and material promises being made by such dishonest elements.

The reluctance of the government to institute credible and transparent investigations into the fraud and political killings, which were the benchmark of the Kufuor regime, is leading to a sense of hopelessness, indifference and indiscipline.

As a people we suffered serious violations of our dignity under the previous regime and the reluctance of the government to tackle these is what is leading to the clear discontent within the party and the nation at large.

There is nothing divisive about speaking the truth.

Some of these party officials, advisors and power mongers hovering around the presidency have lost touch with the reality on the ground. Some of these stories and promises are not only absurd but are an insult to their intelligence. Those living the reality on the ground should not allow themselves to be misused.
We have allowed the mass of political testosterone that swirled around the NDC victory to evaporate. We have allowed the audacity to defy irresponsible and wrongful behaviour from above to dissipate. We have again failed to investigate the electoral fraud that saw the stuffing and replacement of ballot boxes; we have failed to correct or punish where necessary the NPP’s politicisation, tribalism and victimisation of persons especially in the security services and allowed the status quo to fester into a malignant tumour.

What has sustained some of us is our attachment to the principles of truth, justice and fair play - it is not a vulgar quest for materialism, a trait better epitomised by the Kufuor regime but which has sadly been endorsed by people now masquerading as diehard NDC followers.

For the NDC to stay strong and closer to the masses who made the party what it is, we owe them a responsibility to defend their God-given right to fulfil their aspirations.

Do I have a problem with President Mills? Yes I do - His refusal to pursue the moral mandate of the people - to reinstate truth, transparency and most of all justice into the fabric and psyche of the nation. This is leading to the institutionalisation of crime and corruption. Justice will be deformed.

 
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