General News of Tuesday, 7 August 2012
The Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akomea is cautioning members of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) to desist from casting innuendos on the NPP in the name of paying tribute to the late President John Evans Atta Mills.
"We don't speak ill of the dead but if they [NDC] keep on casting insinuations, they would spoil the atmosphere," Nana said.
The NPP Communications Director was reacting to a tribute read by a member of the NDC communications team, Kakra Essumuah on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Monday in memory of the late President Mills.
The tribute which according to Kakra was written by Captain Kojo Tsikata, Ato Awhoi, Kwame Peprah, Kwamena Awhoi, P.V Obeng, Kofi Totobi-Quakyi and other bigwigs in the NDC read:
Because of politics, President Mills endured undignified insults and vituperation by all sort of characters in his time. It was not as if these persons who indulged in this pastel of infamy misunderstood the good Professor; on the contrary, they perfectly understood him, excerpt that they knew he was too good and too descent a person to be involved in the nasty and adversary game of politics.
They wanted him out so that they can play the game on their own terms; a game they taught they only understood and are entitled to play. Many of the insults were intended and aim at provoking the Professor to quit but as he constantly told his friends closer to him; “I am not a quitter; I have to prove that there is a role for good and decent people in politics”.
Kakra Essumuah maintained that the NPP never saw anything good in the late Mills while alive hence cannot profess to be mourning.
He said the NPP only sought to vilify the late President for political expediency even when he [Mills] did not prosecute perceived corrupt government officials in the erstwhile Kufuor administration.
Kakra Essumuah noted that he is baffled at a phrase in the NPP’s tribute to the late John Mills which he read as Death is the cure of all diseases, and wondered whether the opposition party’s public show of sympathy is really genuine.
But in a rebuttal, Nana Akomea questioned the motive for such a tribute by the NDC at a time he said the entire nation is aggrieved and have shown cohesion for the burial of the late President.
According to him, the NPP never attacked the person of the late President but only criticized his leadership style.
Nana Akomea added that claims by NDC that the Mills-led administration never hounded members of the NPP is far from right.
He mentioned the Ghana@50 case involving Kwadwo Mpiani and Dr Charles Wereko Brobbey, Stephen Asamoah Boateng's case, former Foreign Minister Akwasi Osei-Adjei, and many others to corroborate his claims.
He said the Mills-led government only failed in its attempts to imprison members of the NPP due to lack of evidence to prosecute them.
Nana Akomea hinted that the NPP would be forced to hit back if the insinuations from members of the ruling party persist.