May 20, 2011

The Member of Parliament for Okaikoi South, Nana Akomea has urged President John Evans Attah Mills to use his visit to Ivory Coast to improve his reputation that has been severely dented by a section of the Ivorian public in recent times.

Sections of the Press in Ivory Coast in the past few weeks have reported that some soldiers loyal to deposed Ivorian President Gbagbo, who have their hands “soaked” with the blood of innocent Ivorian lives and now refugees in Ghana, are being allowed to prepare an uprising against Cote d’Ivoire from Ghana.

The report stressed that, the Ghanaian authorities have kept quiet, observing these subversive activities without reacting.

The ruling NDC government was however swift in rubbishing the story which had the potential of causing some rift between the two neighboring countries, promising Ghana’s pledge to help Ivory Coast recover from the near civil war that rocked the country.

President John Evans Attah Mills is expected to be in Ivory Coast tomorrow 21st May to witness the investiture of the duly elected President of Ivory Coast Alhassane Quatarra.

Speaking on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana Show on Friday, the Member of Parliament for Okaikoi South, Nana AKomea stated that President Mills infamous “Dzi wo fie asem” comments about the crises in Ivory Coast which was taken up by the international media, did a lot of damage to his reputation.

He called on President Mills to do all in his power to clear any erroneous impression in the minds of those Ivorians who have over the several months perceived him (President Mills) as a strong ally of Ex President Gbagbo.

“If it means that our Embassy in Ivory Coast should organize meetings for President Mills to hold discussions with a cross-section of Ivorians to clear any doubts from their mind that should be done’’ he said.

Hon. Nana Akomea added that it will be politically unwise for Ghana to have a sour relationship with its neigbouring country as that will be a suicidal action.

Story by: Kawdwo Anim/