The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has said, he can only remember late President John Evans Atta Mills for overseeing corruption, load shedding and hypocrisy.
“I can’t remember late President Mills for anything [significant] but I’m sorry I have to say the truth, I can only remember him with corruption and dumsor-dumsor (load shedding) in his administration,” Kennedy Agyapong stated.
Kennedy Agyapong was speaking on Wednesday on Adom FM's “Burning Issues” program, which was also live on Asempa FM.
He also noted that the late president appointed people like Koku Anyidoho who spewed out vituperations and insults at political opponents, right under the nose of the late president, but he pretended nothing wrong was happening.
The NPP firebrand said it is hypocrisy on the part of Ghanaians to pretend all was well under late President Mills’ government, adding that it is necessary to point out his bad side for others to learn instead of just speaking about him as if he was an angel.
Mr. Agyapong said he was, for instance, very disappointed in the late president and the people around him because they "lied" to Ghanaians about his the health status, which made him under-perform as president.
“I was very disappointed when the late president tried to prove that he was still a healthy sportsman by temporarily turning the Kotoka International Airport into a jogging ground to showcase his "physical fitness" ahead of the 2012 December general elections,” he said.
He is however asking Ghanaians to forgive the late President for under-performing due to his sickness.
The NPP firebrand said the late president’s low-key performance while in office was largely because he was battling with a cancer so “we can forgive him for that.”
In terms of infrastructural development, he said the late president’s contribution could not be compared with what ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor did for Ghana.
He noted that the late president collapsed programs such as NYEP (now GYEEDA), Metro Mass Transit system and many others started by former President Kufuor.
The NPP MP is therefore challenging history writers to chronicle both the good and bad sides of the late president so other people will learn from it.