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General News of Monday, 11 July 2016

Source: Class FM

Rawlings making sad attempt to 'whitewash' Nana – Ras Mubarak

Former President Jerry John Rawlings’ attempt to “whitewash” opposition flagbearer Nana Akuof-Addo as an uncorrupt politician, is a “sad” one, Acting Chief Executive of the National Youth Authority, Abdulai Mohammed Mubarak, alias Ras Mubarak has said.

"Fortunately for them, (referring to the NPP), they have a leader who is not known for messing around with material things," the former president of Ghana said during an interview with The Guardian newspaper of Nigeria, when the issue of corruption came up.

Concerning the NDC, Mr Rawlings said: "My wife is still standing where she is, cut off from our party that she was very responsible in building up because it became corrupted from Mills' time."

Nana Akufo-Addo has said on several occasions that he is incorruptible and was not seeking to ascend the presidency to steal state funds or take bribe.

Commenting on Mr Rawlings’ clean bill of health verdict on Mr Akufo-Addo, as far as the corruption issue is concerned, Mr Mubarak, who is the governing National Democratic Congress’ parliamentary candidate for Kumbungu said the endorsement was a “sad attempt to whitewash the image of a man, who instigates violence; does not have the temperament to be president; was indicted by the Auditor General when he was foreign minister and refused to respond to the query”.

“If refusing to respond to an audit query because his government was in office is not corruption, I don't know what corruption is. If keeping official vehicles when one is no longer a public office holder isn't corruption, I don't know what is,” Ras Mubarak said, adding: “For the record, no government, since 1992 has demonstrated more commitment to fighting corruption than the one led by John Mahama. Perhaps President Rawlings has forgotten that we are no longer in the 'black and white' era where people were arbitrarily abused without due process.”

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