Rawlings Replies NDC over robbery comment

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has taken a swipe at his critics who sought to downplay his views on the spate of armed robbery incident in the country.

The ex-military leader in a tweet fumed: “None of them is in a position to recognize security related power play better than me”

In the wake of the increased robbery and violent crime, former President Jerry John Rawlings alleged that the heightened insecurity was politically motivated.

“Let us hope the recent robbery and killings is downright plain robbery and not a politically motivated action from within or without, calculated to undermine those in charge of the security machinery in order to pave the way for certain parochial ambitions,” the former President stated.

But his opinion incurred the wrath of a section of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) members who  castigated him for making such a serious claim.

In fact, the  founder of the NDC was not spared by some of his party members who threw caution to the wind and claimed, “he is on the pay roll of the ruling New Patriotic party (NPP)”, hence his comment on the recent robbery incidents in the country.

Commenting on the reaction in relation to his robbery statement, Mr. Rawlings said: ”Loud and timid minds incapable of recognizing the most obvious desecration of Ghana’s pride, cannot and should not expect to be able to know or see what I see-much more to downplay it”.

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has directed the Finance Minister to release funds for the purchase of the state-of -the-art equipment for the country’s security agencies, especially the Police Service.

Additionally, he asked that the joint Police/Military patrol be intensified to cover every part of the country.

The directives were issued following a meeting between the President and the nation’s security chiefs to deliberate on the recent upsurge in robbery activities in some parts of the country.

 

Story: Atta KWAKU BOADI

Writer’s email: kwaku.boadi@todaygh.com

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