Ex-President Jerry John Rawlings, has refuted claims that he had been induced by the Akufo-Addo administration with goodies, hence his loud silence on the many ills in the Ghanaian society, especially corruption involving government appointees.
The ex-President was reacting to a publication by The Herald dated Friday, August 23, 2019 headlined, “Rawlings Confirms Receiving Goodies from Presidency”.
A statement from Mr Rawlings’ office signed by his Executive Secretary, Kobina Andoh Amoakwa, said while acknowledging the newspaper’s attempt to inform the public about the former President’s charitable endeavours, the office finds “it unfortunate and distasteful, the inference that owing to the support of the Chief of Staff’s officer, the former President has remained silent on many ills in the Ghanaian society”.
According to the statement, “the former President’s charitable gestures which are well documented, have received the support of past government Chiefs of Staff with the exception of President Kufour’s” administration”.
The office explained that “by virtue of his political nature and what he stands for as well as being the most accessible former President, he is literally inundated with requests for help”, and “it will be blind for most governments to be unaware of the burden of these requests”.
In this regard, “to conjecture that any form of support has the potential to influence the former President’s thought process is absurd”.
It concluded that “Former President Rawlings often speaks his mind and it is inappropriate, incorrect, and inaccurate to make such unfounded conclusions from a statement released from our office on a presentation made to former National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament who has dedicated most of her life to the good of her society”.
Mr. Rawlings had in a press statement, last week, singled out the Office of the Chief of Staff as having generously supported his charitable endeavours towards members of the public.
According to the former President, the Office of the Chief of Staff and some others, whom he did not mention have in diverse ways assisted him to support persons who require assistance with medical treatment, school fees, living expenses and a host of other challenges.
This came to light when Mr Rawlings in a statement released last week Tuesday, said he had presented a re-conditioned KIA Sorento sports utility vehicle to a former Member of Parliament (MP) for Hohoe North, Patience EsiPomary at a short ceremony in his office at Ridge in Accra.
Describing Madam Pomary as a true patriot who has dedicated most of her life to the good of her people “with little to show for it”, former President Rawlings, said he decided to assist the former MP following a request from her a few months ago.
Ex-President Rawlings said Madam Pomary’s dedication and selfless commitment to her people was very commendable and expressed the hope that persons who dedicate their lives to the good of their communities and their country will be recognized by their own to inspire others.
The former President also expressed his sincere gratitude to all who in diverse ways assist him to support persons who require assistance with medical treatment, school fees, living expenses and a host of other challenges, citing the office of the Chief of Staff as one notable supporter of such causes.
An emotional Madam Pomary expressed her gratitude to the former President for his support, stating that she was overwhelmed by the gesture.
Madam Pomary contested the 1991 parliamentary primaries against two male opponents and won. She was the only female Member of Parliament (MP) from the Volta Region during the first parliament of the Fourth Republic, from 1992 to 1996.
Originally from Adina in the Ketu district, Madam Pomary moved to Hohoe in the 1970s as an employee of the Ghana Cocoa Marketing Board. She was a cadre during the revolutionary days and a member of the 31st December Women’s Movement. She was also a member of the constituent assembly that drafted the 1992 constitution.