Alhaji BatureThe Managing Editor of the Al Hajj newspaper, Alhaji Iddrisu Bature says former President Jerry Rawlings has failed his much-espoused probity and accountability principles on which the ruling party was formed.

Bature averred that ‘Mr. Rawlings’ holier than thou attitude’ smacks of double standards because according to him the former president presided over an unaccountable regime.

Alhaji Bature claimed that Mr. Rawlings never had his government’s public accounts audited by the audit service and wondered the kind of accountability he [Rawlings] espoused having been adamant to be accountable to Ghanaians as president.

Former president Rawlings has been very critical of the Mills-led administration due to what he says is the massive corruption that has bedeviled the current crop of government appointees in just three half years.

He said the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government has failed the probity and accountability test – the principles on which the party was founded.

Mr. Rawlings has indicated that it will be difficult for him to stand on a campaign platform of the ruling party and talk about corruption – something he said government has failed to address.

But speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Monday, Alhaji Bature warned that the incessant criticisms of government by the former president will force him to open the Pandora’s box.

He asserted that former president Rawlings has a suit against him at the Commissioner for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ); because he (Bature) said upon leaving office in 2000, Rawlings failed to deliver the State of the Nation address to give account of his stewardship to the citizenry.

Bature said Mr. Rawlings’ critique of the Mills-led administration is misplaced because “under his regime there were corrupt officials”.

“Millions of ordinary Ghanaians have put their trust in the party that formed government. How can one man be toying with the lives of these people. Who is he [Rawlings] that people cannot not look at him and tell him the truth”.

The editor also blamed the Rawlingses for the seeming division in the ruling party and said Mr. Rawlings has shirked his responsibility as the party’s founder and is now pursuing an individualist agenda.

Bature said Mr. Rawlings compromised his position as NDC founder when he declared support for his wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings against President John Mills in the party’s Sunyani Congress.

The Al Hajj editor observed that those around the Rawlingses, whom he referred to as the ‘latter day saints’, claim to be apostles of probity, accountability and social justice yet they are are rather destroying the legacy of Rawlings.

“If people like us had continued to be with him, he [Rawlings], will not have gone astray”.

Alhaji Bature urged former president Rawlings to reconcile with the truth and allow President Mills to work effectively.

Source: Adwoa Gyasiwaa/Myjoyonline.

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