General News of Tuesday, 8 February 2011
Source: Joy Online
The National Propaganda Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Richard Quashigah says the ruling party is “shocked that though the revelation of corruption at the GPHA (Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority) in Anas’ video largely occurred during the Kufuor-led regime”, the New Patriotic Party “is mischievously creating the impression as though the NDC-led government is blamable when clearly the report rather indicts the NPP era.”
In a statement issued Monday, Richard Quashiga said ‘“It was highly repugnant when the likes of Dominic Nitiwul, NPP Member of Parliament for Bimbilla said on radio that President John Mills and the head of the Customs Exercise and Preventive Service (CEPS), a man who was appointed to that office three months ago must be held liable for the stinking bribery and corruption uncovered at the Tema Harbour and further described the President as “sleeping on the job even when reports of corruption were evident”’.
While commending Anas Aremeyaw Anas of the New Crusading Guide for exposing the rot at the port and spurring him on “since his contribution towards realizing a better Ghana agrees with the NDC’s desire and efforts towards creating a better Ghanaian society” the NDC Propaganda Secretary said the self-styled anti-corruption campaigner and NPP MP, “P.C. Appiah-Ofori also displayed immaturity and ignorance by condemning the President over the same report. If this twisting of facts is not hypocrisy and mischief, then it only exposes these NPP stalwarts as ignorant and lacking analytic minds to understand the sterling journalistic work.
“It is pertinent to note that the willingness of this government to collaborate with Anas for this project in itself is a demonstration of a courageous commitment to fighting the canker for which President Mills should be lauded.”
“The leadership of the NDC is reliably informed that the vile NPP propaganda machinery has fed their spokespeople and organized teams with the well-rehearsed distortion of facts in Mr. Anas’ report. Reliable reports are that they are moving round the rural areas and creating the impression to the Ghanaian people that this government perpetuated such acts of corruption as exposed by Anas’ video. This is not only mischievously unpatriotic, but also undermines national progress.
This style of intense strident distortion of facts by the NPP is not surprising because the NPP has not been able to formulate any inspirational message and alternate program to sell to voters in the face of the sterling performance on many fronts by the Mills-led government,” he said.