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Monday, February 22, 2010

Arthur Kennedy is a traitor; what he did is cheap - K.T. Hammond

K.T. Hammond
K.T. Hammond

New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament for Adansi-Asokwa insists Arthur Kennedy is traitor who betrayed the trust of his close associates.

KT Hammond in his usual passionate tone, told Joy News’ Dzifa Bampoe that the decision by the Head of Communications of the Akufo-Addo campaign team to divulge discussions held in confidence with top party gurus was cheap.

Arthur Kennedy was put on knife’s edge by party supporters when he published his book titled “Chasing the elephant into the bush.”

The book chronicled events surrounding the 2008 general elections which the NPP lost power to the NDC.

The several months of controversy notwithstanding,the dust of the elephant in the bush has not yet settled and with indications that the book will officially be launched on Tuesday, a week from now, the author’s woes has deepened all the more.

KT Hammond stated that Dr. Kennedy has no moral right to write the book and if betraying the trust of people is what it takes to write books, then he Hammond might as well write better books.

“What he did is cheap,” he yelled, adding “I can write far better because I know far too many things than he thinks he knows.”

According to him, he has read every single page of the book and is more convinced than ever that the book is “nothing short of a betrayal.” The book, he said, is also replete with factual inaccuracies.

He admitted the party is well aware of its challenges and the shortcomings that culminated in the 2008 defeat to the NDC but was quick to add under no circumstances can Arthur K’s book be justified.

Whilst respecting the right of opinion, he insisted trust and confidence must not be breached in furtherance of that right.

Asked if the NPP is failing to appreciate the culture of advanced democracy where memoirs are written quite often, Mr Hammond retorted even in advanced democracies confidence is respected.

Meanwhile Arthur Kennedy who arrived in the country from his US base on Tuesday will not be part of the party's National Delegates Conference scheduled for the Baba Yara Stadium on the 27th February, 2010.

He told Joy News he is in to launch his controversial book and will return to his base in US.

Story by Nathan Gadugah/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana

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