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General News of Monday, 20 November 2000

Source: GNA

Opposition leader on reconciliation for Ghana

Mr John Agyekum Kufour, flagbearer of the NPP, said on Saturday that a government of the party would promote reconciliation.

He said his choice of Alhaji Mahama Aliu, as running mate is a manifestation of NPP's commitment to reconciliation, which is necessary for socio-economic and political development.

The presidential candidate explained that he is a Christian and comes from the forest zone while Alhaji Aliu is a Moslem from the savannah zone. Addressing the Brong Ahafo Regional rally of the party at Techiman, he said Ghana needs reconciliation "to heal the wounds within the rank and file of the populace".

He noted that the 18 years of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) and NDC rule has not been the best for Ghanaians. Mr Kufour assured Ghanaians that, "with divine wisdom, direction and humility," his government would create a prosperous nation where the people would live in peace, unity and freedom.

He asked the people to reject gifts by the NDC and to give their mandate to NPP because "good governance is not determined by gifts, but by creating wealth for the people and keeping faith with them".

Mr Kufour introduced the party's parliamentary candidates in the region, including Mr Prince Oduro-Mensah, who is vying for the Techiman South seat. Mr Oduro-Mensah said, "the NDC is doing politics with the provision of electricity, potable water and other social amenities".

It is irrelevant to claim credit for the provision of such facilities because that is part of the primary responsibilities of a government to the people, he said.

The aspiring MP, who is the heir apparent of the Kurontire Stool of the Techiman Traditional Area, said "my vow is not to give the people vain promises but to serve them with love and dedication, taking the service as my duty to the community as the future Kurontihene