Tuesday, September 9, 2008


THE vice-presidential aspirant of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr John Dramani Mahama, has said it is not true that former President Jerry John Rawlings will be given a ministerial appointment when the NDC wins the December elections.
According to Mr Mahama, former President Rawlings had not been slated for any ministerial position but would be given all the necessary assistance and respect as a former head of state who had played a remarkable role in the administration of the country.
Mr Mahama, who said former President Rawlings cherished democracy and that was why he peacefully relinquished power after the NDC lost the 2000 elections, added that such a man was above any ministerial appointment but would be accorded the necessary assistance and dignity he deserved.
The vice-presidential aspirant described as false and baseless a publication in one of the newspapers to the effect that the party had already formed its cabinet.
Mr Mahama, who was on tour to the Yilo and Manya Krobo traditional areas of the Eastern Region, debunked such allegations when he addressed a grand durbar in Somanya.
He said although there were all indications that the NDC would win the December elections and form the next government, as of now, no cabinet had been formed, and added that that would only be done after the party had been declared the winner at the polls.
"Although the NDC will definitely win the elections and form the next government due to the failure of the Kufuor Administration, as at now no cabinet has been formed and former President Rawlings would not also be given any ministerial appointment, which is lower than his status, considering the significant role he played in the country's development and democratic dispensation," Mr Mahama stated.
He advised the media to be circumspect in its reportage to help sustain the country's fledgling democracy.

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