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General News of Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Source: radioxyzonline.com

"I'm not in hospital; I have not had a kidney transplant" - Prez

President Mahama has denied being hospitalized and receiving a kidney transplant in a hospital in South Africa.

This was contained in a Christmas message from the official facebook page of the Presidency.

Following the announcement that the president flew to South Africa on a private visit on Sunday, there were a string of reports mainly from media houses friendly to the opposition that the president was going to South Africa to receive medical attention because he was gravely ill.

But the president says all the rumours and reports on his health are palpable falsehood.

The President’s statement said: “My beloved brother and sisters, my family and I take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas, and the very best of the yuletide.”

“Yes, I am in South Africa with my wife and children for a private visit, and it is an opportunity for me to spend some time with them. I am not in hospital, I was not flown out for medical attention, and I have not had any kidney transplant,” he stressed.

The President expressed his displeasure at the lies and falsehood that is taking over Ghana’s political discourse saying “Our politics is becoming one that dwells on lies and deliberately concocted issues rather than what concerns our people. I am hoping that the voice of the people of Ghana in the last elections will soon dawn on us to appreciate the fact that Ghanaians are indeed discerning.”

“Merry Christmas from me, John Dramani Mahama, your president,” the statement concluded.

Read the full statement below

President Mahama wishes all Merry Christmas. My beloved brother and sisters, my family and I take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas, and the very best of the yuletide. Lordina, my wife, is sending out a Christmas Message in which she is encouraging all to look beyond our individual families and extend a hand of care and fellow-feeling to others who may be disadvantaged in one way or the other.

Yes, I am in South Africa with my wife and children for a private visit, and it is an opportunity for me to spend some time with them. I am not in hospital, I was not flown out for medical attention, and I have not had any kidney transplant. Our politics is becoming one that dwells on lies and deliberately concocted issues rather than what concerns our people. I am hoping that the voice of the people of Ghana in the last elections will soon dawn on us to appreciate the fact that Ghanaians are indeed discerning.

Merry Christmas from me, John Dramani Mahama, your president.

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