Stop Demonising Kufuor -K’si Residents Fume

RESIDENTS OF Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital, have described as unwarranted, the calculated attempt by the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) to demonise ex-president Kufuor.

They say they cannot fathom why the ruling government, instead of propelling the nation to the Promised Land as they promised Ghanaians, is rather harassing the former president, who by all standards distinguished himself in office.

The furious residents have therefore condemned the storming of ex-president Kufuor’s private residence in Accra on Wednesday by officials of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO).

Without prior notice, Mr. Kofi Portuphy, head of NADMO led a team of about 40 personnel including journalists and security men to storm the airport residence of ex-president Kufuor to inspect the building.

Bizarrely, Mr. Portuphy, a top gun in the NDC and his men, slugged it out with the former First Lady, Theresa Kufuor and security detail at the residence when they prevented the intruders from taking photographs of the private residence.

When the agonising development unfolded, ex-president Kufuor who is held in high esteem in the international community was not present because he is currently out of the country attending separate high level meetings in Germany and United States of America.

Commentators and callers who commented on the issue on various radio stations in the metropolis on Thursday morning vehemently condemned the action of Mr. Portuphy who is alleged to have indicated that he would pull down the residence of the former president; a claim he has since denied.

Some of the callers advised the government to redirect its energy to the governance of the country because according to them, no matter the degree of harassment they inflict on ex-president Kufuor, his image and reputation will continue to grow from.

It would be recalled that the planned harassment on ex-president Kufuor began with the heated confrontation which characterised his usage of a state bungalow at Osu as his temporal office followed by the withdrawal of his six state cars.

From Morgan Owusu, Kumasi