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15th August 2010, 01:26 AM
The ruling National Democratic Congress has angrily reacted to comments by ex-President Kufuor accusing the Mills-led administration of stinking with corruption.

The former president on Saturday during the declaration of Nana Akufo-Addo as the Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, said that “Corruption is becoming incarnate. We see corruption everywhere.”

He also accused the government of putting the rule of law on the back burner while party foot-soldiers have a field day engaging in lawless activities.
Credit: Read below and Listen HERE to what ex-President Kufuor said on Saturday.

But the government has not taken kindly to the accusation.

A strongly worded statement signed by the Deputy Minister of Information Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has accused ex-President Kufuor of hypocrisy and double standards.

“We will like to remind President Kufuor that President Mills since becoming President has not had his private residence renovated under suspicious circumstances. Nobody from the President Mills household has suddenly purchased a multi-million dollar hotel, neither has any child been given a multi-million dollar pre-paid meter contract nor another given a juicy jute sack importation contract in the Cocoa sector all under hazy and controversial circumstances."

The statement further added that “President Mills’ Party Chairman has not accused him of overseeing the receipt of unexplained cash at the Castle and keeping same whiles refusing to give the Party Chairman his “fair share” as we all witnessed in that disgusting episode involving former NPP Party Chairman Mr. Haruna Esseku."

Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa said “President Mills is centuries apart from President Kufuor’s sordid corruption record and warned the ex-president to desist from making “unprovoked attacks” on the Mills led administration.

On the performance of the economy, the deputy Information Minister also debunked ex-president Kufuor’s assertion that the economy has stalled since the NPP was voted out of power.

“Indeed, what has stalled is the reckless expenditure that took place from 2007 to 2008 culminating in a twin deficit with a budget deficit of more than 15%, huge indebtedness and long years of unpaid salaries. These certainly have stalled given way to fiscal prudence,” the statement said.

The statement further touts the economic achievements of the NDC: “It is also obvious that inflation which President Kufuor left at 18.3% is now 9.5%. The Cedi which depreciated by over 23% in the last half of 2008 has been stabilised against all the major currencies and has even appreciated at some point. The Bank of Ghana reserves which stood at 2 billion dollars in 2008 is now in excess of 3.5 billion dollars. Interest rates continue to fall much to the excitement of the business community."

On the rule of law the statement further accused the ex-president of overturning court decisions citing the case of Tsatsu Tsikata, saying the current President Mills will not engage in that.

“It has been said that those who live in glass houses don’t throw stones but if the new strategy of President Kufuor and the NPP is one that ignores this dictum and launches unprovoked attacks on the President Mills led Government then Government will be left with no choice but to reluctantly defend itself,” the statement conclude.

Story by Nathan Gadugah/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana

Ghana’s atmosphere of freedom under threat – Kufuor

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has made a critical assessment of the almost two-year rule of President Atta Mills, making unimpressive comments about his (Mills') style of governance.

In a speech to charge members of the opposition New Patriotic Party to chart its “warpath” for the 2012 general election, moment before the winner of the party’s presidential primary was declared, former President Kufuor said Ghana’s security has not been the best under President Mills.

“Since we stepped down the economy has stalled, the rule of law has been put in bracket somehow, and the atmosphere of freedom is now under threat,” he opined.

Touching on corruption, an issue he said the ruling National Democratic Congress capitalized on to campaign against the NPP in the 2008 elections, it is now become endemic in the country.

“Corruption is becoming incarnate. We see corruption everywhere.” Rolling Eyes

He told the teeming supporters of the party at the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park, where the election result was to be declared that, it is only the NPP that can “restore the rule of law and give real meaning to transparency and accountability” in Ghana.

Mr Kufuor said, “By the result today, the party has decided emphatically... and telling the country and the world that the party is strongly united, it is strongly focused, and the single focus is that in 2012, it is going to redeem Ghana... the power is coming back to power 2012.”

The former president told members of the party to “bury the pettiness” they engaged in during the campaign now that the election is over.

He congratulated the other four contestants for their resolve to support the party to move forward.

He also congratulated Nana Akufo-Addo for emerging the victor in the five-man race which ended on August 7, 2010, and asked all to rally behind him for victory come 2012.

Nana Akufo-Addo contested against Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, MP Isaac Osei, Rev Kwame Koduah and Mr. Alan Kyerematen.

Story by Isaac Essel/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana