Rawlings says sorry after ‘insulting’ Kufuor, Mahama

General News of Monday, 28 May 2018

Source: citinewsroom.com

2018-05-28

Jerry John Rawlings, former President of Ghana

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has apologised to fellow former Heads of State, John Kufuor and John Mahama, for insulting them and ostensibly calling them corrupt.

Mr. Rawlings made the insulting remarks when he met with a delegation from Mepe Traditional Area of the North Tongu Constituency last week.

Reports indicate that the Fourth Republic’s first President described John Kufuor as evil and John Mahama as a rogue.

He is also believed to have accused John Kufuor of sidelining in the military whilst saying John Mahama superintended over corruption.

Mr. Rawlings reportedly said he would prefer hell if John Mahama and John Kufuor were in heaven.

“I know with my integrity when I die, I will go to heaven but when I see these corrupt leaders, I will ask permission from God and flog them… If they don’t leave heaven for me, I will go and leave the heavens and join Satan in hell because I cannot stay in the same place with them.”

But now, Mr. Rawlings has said his words were inappropriate, according to a statement from his office.

“…the former President has taken due note of concerns raised over certain publications arising out of a meeting he held with a delegation of chiefs and elders from Mepe in the Volta Region last Tuesday. The former President apologises to former Presidents John Agyekum Kufuor and John Dramani Mahama for the choice of words. He deems the words as inappropriate and withdraws them,” the statement said.

Find below the full statement

May 28, 2018

WITHDRAWAL OF COMMENTS ON FORMER PRESIDENTS

The office of former President Jerry John Rawlings wishes to inform the general public that the former President has taken due note of concerns raised over certain publications arising out of a meeting he held with a delegation of chiefs and elders from Mepe in the Volta Region last Tuesday.

The former President apologises to former Presidents John Agyekum Kufuor and John Dramani Mahama for the choice of words. He deems the words as inappropriate and withdraws them.

Signed:

Kobina Andoh Amoakwa

(Communications Directorate)

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