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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Rawlings is undemocratic…Charges Kwaku Kwarteng

Mr. Kwaku Kwarteng, Communications Director of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has questioned the democratic credentials of former President Jerry John Rawlings, the man under whose watch Ghana returned to democratic governance in 1992.

According to him the recent comments being made by the former chairman of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) could throw the democratic journey of the country over board.

“Mr. Rawlings has made the point over and over again that the system is slow and some senior government officials are repeating that people are not being sent to jail quickly enough,” the NPP Communication Director stated.

Mr. Kwarteng contended that the comments being made by the former President for speedy trial of former Ministers were a deliberate attempt by the NDC founder to instigate the security operatives to witch-hunt members of the opposition NPP who served in the previous government.

According to him, even without evidence, such comments being made by the former President that the government was slow, could send wrong signals to the security operatives to go after innocent people who have not committed crimes.

“It is not just Mr. Rawlings, it is the tendency of putting pressure on the security to go after people,” he pointed out.

He told the paper that the recent arrests and detention of some of the past government officials by members of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) was an indication that “There is a deliberate attempt to show someone where power lies.

He insisted that the arrest and prosecution of individuals must be done within the ambit of the law. He slammed the BNI by saying the way they are acting violates the constitution.

Turning the heat on the sitting President, Mr. Kwarteng said Professor J.E.A Mills had described past government officials as nation looters; “The President himself on countless occasions referred to past government officials as nation looters,” which to him is unfortunate.
Source: Zambaga Rufai Saminu, Takoradi - Ghanaian Chronicle

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