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I’M NOT SICK: John Dispels Kidney Fears 12/30/2012

President John Mahama has denied via Facebook, a social network, that he is undergoing a kidney transplant in South Africa, as speculations that he is suffering a renal condition is rife in the country. His Yuletide “private visit” to South Africa has sparked a flurry of speculations, from the esoteric to medical. The social network intervention appears to have failed to stop the speculations, with stories from Dagbon suggesting that his rendezvous on a black cow in Kunbungu near Tamale nearly cost him his life as well as that of his nocturnal visits to some Islamic clergyman in this Northern part of the country. Questions have been posed as to why a President would embark on a private visit to South Africa when he should be at home to share the goodwill of the Yuletide with his compatriots.What looked like ‘an emergency private visit’ is the reason why all manner of speculations are being adduced to the absence of the Commander-In-Chief from the country.His facebook intervention has also suffered a setback as cynical questions are being asked as to why his spokesperson was sidestepped by the social media channel.Many with a sense of history could not help recalling what the former late President John Evans Atta Mills suffered in his early days at the helm when he made a visit to South Africa to treat what he said was a sinus condition.Whether or not the facebook explanation that the President’s South African trip is private and has nothing to do with a renal condition is true, the situation will be closely monitored by the politicized Ghanaian in the coming days perhaps as happened to his late boss. This was what he posted: “I am not in hospital, I was not flown out for medical attention, and I have not had any kidney transplant.“Yes, I am in South Africa with my wife and children for a private visit, and it is an opportunity for me to spend some time with them.
“Our politics is becoming one that dwells on lies and deliberately concocted issues rather than what concerns our people.
“I am hoping that the voice of the people of Ghana in the last elections will soon dawn on us to appreciate the fact that Ghanaians are indeed discerning.
“My beloved brothers and sisters, my family and I take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas, and the very best of the yuletide.
“Lordina, my wife, is sending out a Christmas Message in which she is encouraging all to look beyond our individual families and extend a hand of care and fellow-feeling to others who may be disadvantaged in one way or the other.
“Merry Christmas from me, John Dramani Mahama, your President.”
By William Yaw Owusu

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