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Monday, July 5, 2010

Did Mills lie to Ghanaians on his South African trip?

President Mills and the Black Stars in a pep talk
President Mills and the Black Stars in a pep talk
The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is questioning the 'real' reason underpinning President J.E.A. Mills' present trip to South Africa.

The president left Ghana Thursday night for South Africa for what official communication says is a bilateral discussion.

The NPP says while a government statement on the trip says that President J.E.A. Mills will be meeting that country’s president, information available to it indicates that the very day President Mills is scheduled to meet with Mr Jacob Zuma, Mr Zuma is travelling with senior members of his government to Canada.

The NPP’s Communications Director, Kwaku Kwarteng, said if the president is going to that country – his second in two weeks - for medical treatment, the government should be bold enough to say it.

But the government believes the arguments are fatuous and the concerns misplaced.

According to Deputy Information Minister, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the government statement on which the NPP is grounding its argument did not specifically say that the president was going to meet Mr Jacob Zuma.

For him, the South African government is not limited to the person of Mr Zuma and that President Mills will be meeting with the Vice-President of South Africa.

While in South Africa, President Mills is also expected to watch the Black Stars do battle with the United Stars in the 1/16 stage of the 2010 World Cup.

Story by Malik Abass Daabu/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana

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