Rawlings’ description of ‘our wives’ was uncharitable – Boamah


ex-president RawlingsDeputy Science and Environment Minister, Dr. Omane Boamah says ex-president Rawlings was unfair in the manner he described his colleagues’ wives at the NDC congress in Tamale last weekend.

Dr Boamah noted that by his description, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) founder debased the wives of those who had stood by him during the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) era.

The PNDC was a military government led by Jerry John Rawlings. It overthrew the People’s National Party which was an elected government on December 31, 1981.

Dr Omane Boaman, who by his words was definitely not happy with the ex-president and founder of his party for his utterances, was speaking on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana programme on Tuesday.

Ex-president Rawlings at the 8th national delegates’ congress of the NDC stated that while his wife was moving around the country with a 7-month pregnancy to inaugurate the women’s movement of the party, the wives of some of his contemporaries were busily taking care of their finger nails.

“Where were some of our wives?” the former president asked, adding that “Were some of them not taking care of their finger nails?”

According to the deputy minister, some of these people whose wives were described in such a manner like Capt Tsikata would not be happy with the ex-president based on these pronouncements.

Mr Rawlings was responding to comments by Communications Minister, Haruna Iddrisu.

“Someone stood over here and talked about me leading a military, dictatorial and tyrannical regime. At the time when he was 10 years old and Liman’s regime used their intelligence vehicle, under the supervision of the Gonja Chief, who is now the council of state elder Nabila…my wife was 7-months pregnant and they run their car into the back of her car, refusing her to get out and see her legal officers,” Mr Rawlings claimed.

He added that “we’ve been [through] so many [difficult times] so that when some of our lesser/junior colleagues want to make some of these allegations or describe us in this manner, I think they better go and do some historical research properly.”

According to Dr Boamah, the Communications Minister was actually trying to please Mr Rawlings by his description and that he (Haruna) says he does not know what to do to please the ex-president.

By: Dorcas Efe Mensah/myjoyonline