Tuesday, November 09, 2010


Dela Coffie is the Communications Director of FONKAR, a pro Rawlings group in Ghana.

Posted on: www.dailyguideghana.com

By William Yaw Owusu

Tuesday November 9, 2010
FRIENDS OF Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings (FONKAR), an ultra loyal Rawlings group has virtually thrown the integrity of Vice President John Dramani Mahama into question by describing him as somebody who has no ‘conscience’ and can easily be bribed.

The accusation by the group is coming in the face of recent allegation that the vice president lobbied COCOBOB to lift a ban placed on Armajaro; a cash-soaked British cocoa buying firm after the company was indicted for allegedly smuggling cocoa to Cote d’Ivoire.

Without providing any evidence, FONKAR which is fighting a proxy war for Nana Konadu’s presidential ambition said it has declassified information that John Mahama and Haruna Iddrisu Minister of Communications were compromised with cash inducements during the Kufuor administration which made them burry their conscience and truth when they were supposed to be defending the avowed principles of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The group, a couple of weeks had also attacked President Atta Mills calling him a traitor and an ingrate, who surrounded himself with ‘strangers.’

The current attacks from the FONKAR was signed by Dela Coffie, Communications Director and it is direct response to an interview granted by Vice President Mahama to Radio Ghana’s ‘Behind the News’ programme in Accra last Thursday, the Vice president indicated that he would not contest the for presidency in President Mills will take second shot.

Dela Coffie said Mr. Mahama had entreated the NDC to find ways and means of addressing the concerns of former President Jerry John Rawlings, founder of the ruling NDC concerns as his comments did not augur well for the party.

The Vice President during the interview said among other things “it gives the impression of a party that is not united and solid and often that can affect your chances electorally. So it is an issue that the party needs to confront and deal with. He has some grievances and if I pick some of the issues that he normally raises, one is about justice, you can’t just pick people and put them in jail, you need to go through a process to prove their guilt”.

But FONKAR says it have carefully studied the content of the interview of the Vice President and was convinced that such a statement could only be part of a grand scheme orchestrated by certain ‘elements’ within the Presidency to cause dissatisfaction for Mr. Rawlings with the hope of taking over the power base of the NDC.

“FONKAR is wondering what John Mahama meant by ‘You can’t just pick people and put them in jail, you need to go through a process to prove their guilt’. Has Mr. Rawlings stated that government should pick people and put them in Jail? Who said justice should not take its course? And again, who said the wrongs of the past should not be investigated?”

Dela Coffie said the re-election of the NDC to power in 2009 was as a result of the people’s believe in the party as having the capability to clean the rot that had engulfed the social fabric of the country, after the NPP had virtually taken the country as its private property.

“If the likes of John Mahama are happy that the current government has dithered in investigating and prosecuting the fraud perpetrated by the Kufuor’s government, some of us are not and he should not fool himself into believing that the better Ghana that was promised is being delivered.”

He said every Ghanaian knows that Professor Mills is the President of the country and also said it was not in doubt that the NDC as a party brought him into power saying “we seriously wonder if John Mahama and his boss are really running this country or a bunch of sycophants who have their ears are the ones ruling Ghana.”

Dela Coffie said President Mills and Vice President Mahama have not done anything meaningful to protect the principles and ideals of the NDC saying “instead of protecting the ideals on which the NDC was founded they have rather encouraged their trusted media contacts to run down the ideals, principles and idiosyncrasies of the party.”

The Konadu boy asked: “How many times are we going to allow ourselves to be victimized by the unbridled folly and reckless remarks of our experimental politicians? John Mahama, and many who think like him, has conveniently forgotten the machinery that won them their elections, adding “where was John Mahama’s conscience when he made this bizarre remark?”

Dela Coffie said it will be acceptable for Mills and his cronies, to treat Jerry Rawlings as a fugitive in his own party, yet see the scrutiny of John Mills as a taboo?

He said when the NDC was in opposition struggling to challenge the NPP, then Prof. Mills was in Canada teaching, Kofi Totobi Kwakye was ‘ill’ in all eight years, Kwamena Ahwoi ‘retired’ from politics, Kwesi Ahwoi went to work abroad, John Mahama had time to concentrate on African Union matters: It was President Rawlings who held the fort and kept the NDC alive with endurance.

“We are amazed at the level of extreme obsession by people in government to run down the Rawlingses and will not sit by and allow “strangers” in the NDC to destroy what has been built for well over 19 years”.

He said FONKAR deems John Mahama’s comments as very reprehensible and injurious to Mr. Rawlings and added “we wish to denounce this carefully planned and projected agenda to obliterate the former President and to send a warning that such intrigue will not work for their benefit today or ever.”

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