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Opinions of Friday, 14 November 2008

Columnist: Ato Kwamena Dadzie

Rawlings-Kufuor feud: Thanks Otumfuo, but...

For more than 10 years, there has been no love lost between John Kufuor and Jerry Rawlings. The two men have never missed an opportunity to show their disdain for each other.

Rawlings thinks Kufuor is a “thief”. Kufuor says Rawlings is the devil – “Sasabonsam”. Whenever it suited them, the two men have levelled outrageous allegations against each other.

Do you remember when Kufuor claimed that Rawlings had gone to an Arab country to secure funds to buy weapons to destabilise the country? He couldn’t provide a single shred of evidence – for “national security” reasons, of course.

It doesn’t bear repeating that Rawlings believes strongly that Kufuor ordered the killing of Ya Na Yakubu Andani – and many others, even including the deputy MD of the Ghana Commercial Bank who was killed in Tema.

You see, both of Rawlings and Kufuor are drenched in needless paranoia – Kufuor has been living with a constant nightmare that Rawlings would unseat him and Rawlings thinks Kufuor has undone whatever good he believes he had achieved whiles in power. Click here to read full article