A leading member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Hon. Kennedy Agyapong has slammed former President Jeremiah John Rawlings for asserting Ex-President Kufuor should be blamed for the country’s economic woes.
He believes Mr Rawlings spoke out envy for the achievements of his successor since Kufuor is now held in high esteem worldwide for his remarkable achievements during his tenure.
In a statement issued on the occasion of the 35th Anniversary of the June 4 Uprising, former President Rawlings blamed former President John Agyekum Kufuor for the current economic crisis the country is facing as well as the increase in corruption saying:
“I have said over and over again that Kufuor is responsible for setting in motion the moral and economic crisis that we are experiencing today, and I will say it again today. The investigation that Mills should have initiated never took place. But today let me give one very visible and concrete example of Kufuor’s mismanagement that we are all feeling the effects of.
When Kufuor’s government removed four noughts from the cedi, he overnight abolished the people’s economy. He abolished the people’s economy because he abolished the means to exchange goods below the value of 1,000 old cedis”.
Reacting to Rawlings’ statement, the NPP Member of Parliament for Assin Central told the host of “Adeakye Abea” on Okay Fm that Rawlings’ comment smacks of envy and hatred for his immediate successor.
“Rawlings should shut up when it comes to corruption in this country; his comment smacks of jealousy…because his successor is widely regarded by world leaders for his 8 years achievement in office against Rawlings’ 19 years of failure in power….President Kufuor does not have time to rest even in his old age as he is constantly being asked by the world to lead international programs. What legacy has Rawlings left behind except jealousy, envy and selfishness? Rawlings has created jealousy from the era of CDR, PDC, PNDC and now in NDC…..Rawlings is a dishonest person who does not tell the truth; he should not compare himself to President Kufuor….we are sick and tired of him always spewing nonsense in this country,” he slammed.