April 5, 2012

The ‘hard-talking’ National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Lower Manya Krobo, Michael Teye Nyaunu has described efforts being made by Regional ministers to reconcile former President Jerry John Rawlings and sitting President John Evans Atta Mills as “one in the right direction but late in the day”.

He said he as a Christian is all for the reconciliation of people who have been estranged but was sure the timing for the reconciliation exercise is ill -timed.

Regional Ministers led by the Upper East Regional Minister, Mark Woyongo through a meeting held in Kumasi on Tuesday 3rd April begun a process to find means of reuniting Ex President Rawlings and incumbent President Mills especially as the December general elections draws near.

The two political stalwarts have been on loggerheads not been on good terms over the years and there are strong indications that the Rawlingses may not be part of the NDC campaign during the upcoming elections which will be keenly contested.

Speaking to ghanamps.gov.gh, Hon. Michael Teye Nyaunu who is an avowed critic of President John Evans Attah Mills stated that the issues that have been raised by Ex President Rawlings that has resulted in the rift between the two personalities cannot be easily glossed over.

“ We are talking about, principles like probity, accountability and transparency in governance, and these are the areas where the current Mills administration has failed woefully, if these issues are not addressed I shudder to fear this reconciliation exercise will be successful’’. He said.

He added that “Ex President Rawlings has been insulted and disgraced by young men like the Okudzeto Ablakwas, and given no recognition ever since the NDC party came to power in 2009, now that the party has realized election is approaching, they frantically finding ways of bringing the two together, is Rawlings an election machine which is greased for use just before an election and hidden somewhere right after?, Hon. Nyaunu asked’’.

Hon. Teye Nyaunu further confirmed his decision to contest the Lower Manya Krobo seat as an independent candidate following what he described as disenfranchising 72 of delegates who would have voted for him in the party’s recent primaries which he lost.

Kwadwo Anim/ghanamps.gov.gh