THE General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, has stated that any former government functionary or appointee who is found culpable or found to have committed any crime while in office would be made to face the full rigours of the law.
According to him, the day of reckoning was here and, therefore, every functionary or appointee of the previous administration who could not give account of his or her stewardship would be made to answer.
The General secretary, alleged that information reaching them indicated that some of the metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) who were directed by President John Evans Atta Mills to stay on until further notice had started destroying vital documents to cover up their bad deeds while in office.
He, therefore, sounded a note of caution to such appointees who had indulged in those criminal acts to stop, saying the ruling NDC already had all those documents in their possession, thus whether those involved destroyed those documents or not they would still be made to give account of their stewardship.
Mr Nketiah, who stated this at a thanksgiving rally held at Seikwa in the Tain District of the Brong Ahafo Region over the weekend for their steadfastness and support for the party during the 2008 elections, said the NDC would not embark on political witch-hunting as was done by the previous regime, but would ensure that the due process of the law took its course in the country.
He said Professor Atta Mills’s government would work with all who were committed, qualified, competent and were ready to help bring to fruition his vision of a better Ghana.
He debunked the rumour that the ruling NDC had sacked Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, a Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana and running mate of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the NPP Presidential Candidate for the 2008 election, from office.
Mr Nketiah explained that Dr Bawumia was not sacked by Prof. Mills, but what he told him was that he (Dr Bawumia) was committed rather to a certain ideology, which he expressly propagated during the 2008 electioneering, and which was in sharp contrast with Prof. Mills’s. Prof. Mills, therefore, asked him to go home and rethink whether he would change his mind and be now committed to Prof. Mills’s task of making a better Ghana.
The general secretary, who is also a citizen of the Tain Constituency, urged the people of the area to bury their political differences which might have arisen during the electioneering and unite for the development of the area, adding that the ruling NDC was for development and would ensure that the area got its fair share of development projects, especially in the road sector, since many roads linking the constituency to other towns were in a bad shape.
He also expressed the gratitude of the party as well as that of President Mills to the people in the area for rallying behind him when the constituency became the deciding factor as to who became the next President of Ghana.
Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, the National Organiser of the NDC, for his part, called on party supporters to exercise restraint and allow President Mills to do things in his own style and way.
According to him, an Appointments Committee has been put in place and they must allow the committee to work in order not to weaken the structures of the party.
He, therefore, called on party supporters to accept and rally behind anybody who would be appointed as a minister or MMDCE to enable them to discharge their duties efficiently, so that in 2012 Prof. Mills would be able to account for his stewardship as President.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Chairman of the NDC, the NDC Member of Parliament (MP) for Tain, NDC Parliamentary Candidate for Asutifi South, Messrs John Owusu Agyeman, Ahmed Ibrahim and Alhaji Collins Dauda respectively, took turns to address the rally and urged the people in the area to exhibit the same kind of confidence they reposed in the party and voted it into power to rule the nation.
They thanked the people for their support and said the NDC stood for development and would, therefore, ensure that the area had its fair share of development under the ruling NDC.
Present at the rally were some regional executive members of the party who included Mr Justice Samuel Adjei, Regional Secretary, and Baba Gausu, the Regional Organiser.