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It’s hypocritical to gain from Rawlings’s death, Kandifo Institute tells NDC

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is under attack for attempting to score cheap political points with the death of Jerry Rawlings

Palgrave Boakye-Danquah, Founder and Executive Director of Kandifo Institute, has chastised the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) for attempting to gain politically from the death of its founder, Jerry Rawlings, describing the action as hypocritical.

“I am excited that the vigil went on and I am also particularly excited that the family of President Jerry John Rawlings attended the vigil, represented by Zanetor and Kimathi Rawlings, and really it is important that the NDC does not make political capital of this,” Boakye-Danquah told Asaase Radio.


“Because this is in honour of their father, their presence there does not mean that they are agreeing with everything that their father disagreed to and with the party, and those things must be put in their proper perspective,” he added.

Boakye-Danquah added: “To be honest with you had I even seen the former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, at the vigil, it wouldn’t have been a surprise to me because it is in honour of the husband, so when people want to make political advantage of that then you can say they… haven’t matured yet in politics.”

Let’s win to honour Rawlings

The opposition National Democratic Congress on Sunday held a vigil for its late founder and was attended by the rank and file of the party, including its flagbearer, John Mahama.

Addressing the gathering, General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, said the best way the party could honour its founder is to win the 7 December elections.

However, the Editor of the Custodian newspaper, Awudu Mahama, said attempts by the party to benefit from the death of its founder in the upcoming election may not materialize.

“It is not all the time that you benefit from the misfortune of others and that is what have been the benefit of some people, and I think in this election it will not happen because the battle line has been drawn already,” he told Asaase Radio.

Fred Dzakpata

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