Ho, Nov. 16, GNA – Former President Jerry
John Rawlings has debunked rumours that there was bad blood between him and the
Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), former President John
He said a recent social media image purporting
to show a pensive disagreement and negative discourse between him and Mr Mahama
and two others at a funeral was a calculated mischief, intended to create
Former President Rawlings said this when he
signed the Book of Condolence for the Late Mrs Victoria Adzagli Ametefee, wife
of Mr Henry K. Ametefee, Volta Regional Chairman of the NDC, who died recently
He said he was nursing an injury from a
parachute false landing in a bad weather several years ago, which led to the
occasional discomfort he suffered when in sitting position.
Medical examination of the injury then
confirmed it was not a bad situation but the discomfort of sitting for long
hours compelled him to occasionally use an orthopedic foam to manage the
Former President Rawlings said because of
that discomfort, he adjusted his seat at the funeral for some relief and not
that he had issues with former President Mahama.
“I actually turned towards Mr Mahama
more than three times and where is that picture.”
“Why did this intruder refuse to
circulate my sitting position adjusting myself towards Mr Mahama but chose the
opposite…what purpose does this serve anybody… more so when I cannot go to
all places armed with the foam?” he asked.
Former President Rawlings entreated the
public to ignore such negative publicity for parochial reasons and stressed the
need for people to be steadfast and truthful always.
“This is a clear case of
misrepresentation of facts,” he added, saying, social media and its power
should be harnessed towards constructive nation building and forging social
cohesion and not to distract and plant discord.