General News of Sunday, 17 August 2014
Former President Rawlings on Thursday, 14th August, 2014, charged President John Mahama to check what he described as the “unprecedented levels of corruption” in his administration and bemoaned the opulent lifestyles of some of the Ministers.
Speaking at a special congregation at the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), where honorary doctorate degrees were conferred on him and two others, Mr Rawlings said, “the unprecedented levels of corruption, offensive show of power and opulence by some at a time when our country requires prudence and frugality, is an issue that I call on President Mahama to set his eyes on.”
He also noted that we “will have more value if we as individuals are incorruptible and conscionable” and that “our society and by inference our politics will be devoid of greed and corruption if we develop a conscience as a people.”
Contributing to a panel discussion on Peace FM Kokrokoo, General Secretary of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Bernard Mornah sided with the former President saying “the lifestyle of some of the ministers is indeed extravagant.”
“We knew some of them before they were appointed and I can tell you for a fact, their way of life has really changed…The lifestyle of some of our ministers are really extravagant” he alluded.
According to him, the former President “may be talking out of experience because he’s been there before and he knows how some people can take advantage of action or no action engaging in all sorts of corrupt activities. I am sure it is time for President Mahama and his administration to take a look at these things especially coming from a former president.”