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What J.J said about Kufour has no basis - Kwarteng

Member of Parliament for Obuasi South, Kweku Kwarteng has slighted former President Jerry John Rawlings for accusing ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor of being responsible for the current economic crisis the country is going through.

Ex-president John Rawlings marked 35 years of the June 4 uprising at the Revolution Square on Wednesday.

In a statement read to mark the occasion, he accused the then Kufuor administration from year 2001 to 20018 of being corrupt.

According to him, the current economic crisis is as a result of the decision by the Kufuor government to redenominate the country's currency in 2007 and challenged the NPP to declare what it did with old currency after it was phased out.

But speaking to Kwami Sefa-Kayi in an interview Thursday morning, Kweku Kwarteng described as ridiculous comments by the ex-president.

According to him, the redenomination of the cedi did not make its value less or more; ‘the value was the same’.

“When the redenomination was done, we all agreed that the value was the same and so it will be wrong to say that the current economic crisis is as a result of the redenomination. Our focus now should be how to better the lives of Ghanaians and turn the economy around. We are in difficult times and so shifting blames will not help us. What he said has no basis and we should take it with a pinch of salt,” the MP said.

Commenting on the June 4 commemoration, he questioned why an event which brings back sorrow and painful memories to most family members and friends be still celebrated.

“I think there should be a law to stop this celebration because it revives painful and does not heal wounds. I think we should take this issue seriously,” he added.

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