Former President Jerry John Rawlings has clarified the circumstances that led to his recent trip to Burkina Faso for the inauguration of new president Jean Marc Christian Kabore.
According to a statement issued by the Office of the Former President, he was not part of the delegation of President John Dramani Mahama contrary to a claim in a statement from the Flagstaff House.
“The Directorate wishes to state that the former President and his wife were not members of President Mahama’s delegation and finds the misrepresentation unfortunate,” the statement said.
It pointed out that the former president was invited in his personal capacity by leader of the interim government of Ghana’s northern neighbours, Michel Kafando.
Mr Rawlings travelled to Ouagadougou in a military transport aircraft, the statement further said.
“The former President and his wife travelled with a delegation including Betty Akuffo-Amoabeng, Kobina Andoh Amoakwa and Joseph Dawson-Otoo.”
Mr Rawlings’ office, therefore, expressed surprise at the statement from the presidency that he was part of the delegation of President Mahama.
“It is unfortunate that the author of the release, privy to the fact that the former President was also travelling to Burkina Faso, albeit in his own capacity and upon a separate invitation decided to play mischief with the content of the official presidential release.”
President Mahama’s return trip last Tuesday had as part of the delegation members of the opposition including flagbearer of the People’s National Convention (PNC) Dr Edward Mahama and Convention People’s Party National Chairman Professor Edmund Delle.
By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana