Rawlings to square off against Daily Guide in court

President RawlingsSpokesperson for former President Rawlings, Mr. Kofi Adams has indicated that the Daily Guide newspaper will be the first to face court action in an effort by Mr. Rawlings to curb the malicious mudslinging and character assassination of his person over the years.

According to him, the former President has had enough of the lies and will initiate legal action against all authors and publishers of such defamatory materials who will be required to defend their claims in court.

A publication in the Thursday April 9 edition of the Daily Guide newspaper alleged that the National Democratic Congress MP for Tain in the Brong Ahafo Region, Hon. Ahmed Ibrahim and his executives planned to honour Rawlings on Monday with a stolen sheep during a tour of the area last week.

The publication with the headline; Stolen Sheep for Rawlings, alleged that Rawlings was in the process of receiving the sheep when the owner, one Madam Akua Kuma showed up to claim the animal, alleging that it had been stolen from its pen.

Kofi Adams told Citi Eyewitness News no such incident occurred throughout Rawlings’ tour of the area.

According to him the former President, during his 2008 election campaigns, had made a personal promise to thank the people if they voted for the party, and his visit was in fulfillment of that promise.

He described the publication as one of several calculated reports aimed at maligning Rawlings.

He noted that Mr. Rawlings was showered with gifts by the people in the various areas visited but maintained that the incident described by the paper never occurred.

He remarked also that the Third Infantry Battalion were beneficiaries from the some of the gifts the former President received for their efforts during the Tain re-run.

Mr. Kofi Adams pointed out that the former President had received concerns from various quarters about the reports and attributed it to the newspapers circulation around the country and on the internet.

According to him the Daily Guide newspaper “have bitten more than they can chew” and will face court action to serve as a warning to other media houses and practitioners.

He lamented the attitude of media practitioners who did not retract stories which were found to be untrue.

Questioned on when the court action the legal suit will be filed he said “soon” but added that the Easter holiday will have to pass before any such action is taken.

By: citifmonline