Sun. Nov 27th, 2022

The Member of Parliament (MP) of Akim Abuakwa South and the immediate past Minister for Works and Housing, Mr Samuel Atta Akyea has added his voice to the belief that the late president Jerry John Rawlings was a paragon of generosity, revealing that he once supported him financially in his parliamentary primaries in 2015.

Lawyer Atta Akyea disclosed this in an exclusive interview with City TV’s programme dubbed – Face to Face hosted by Umaru Sanda Amadu yesterday Tuesday, February 2, 2020.

According to him, his relationship with the Rawlings’ family started when Mrs Rawling chose him to offer them a legal service, of which he forwent a legal fees, according to the advice given him by the then New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo.

Narrating how it all started, Mr. Atta Akyea was convinced politics should never be a source of hatred and enmity, but, a way to serve the masses.

“We are never enemies – politically. NDC is part of the governance system of this country. And so also NPP. There is nobody in NDC who should die for it to increase NPP. There is nobody in NDC who should be shamed, and the shame will be my glory”, he stated.

“President Rawlings – I didn’t see him as an enemy. There are a lot of things to say against him. A lot of things to say for him. There was a problem. And the problem was that there is a book Professor Asu wanted to put out. And this book was at his own behest (he endorsed the publication of his biography). And when the book had to come out and it was about to be launched, it became apparent to president Rawlings that some aspect of the book are defamatory of him, and some are just blatant lies according to him, and that I should take quality steps to arrest the publication of the book. And guess who knocked at my door? Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings”, further added.

He said he was completely shocked why would Rawlings believed he, Atta Akyea was the one who should be doing such job for him to protect his reputation, knowing where comes from politically.

The MP disclosed he contacted the then candidate Akufo-Addo to seek his advice on the issue before offering the legal services and Nana Addo told him, “He (Rawlings) served this country for 19 years, go and serve him and don’t charge him a coin.”

He observed Rawlings as one with great humanity and simple, adding that he could come to his house playing with his (Atta Akyea’s) kids and that made him realized Rawlings was not a monster many people thought, emphasising that “He had a beautiful persona.”

The former minister also disclosed how the president supported him financially during the NPP parliamentary primaries in Abuakwa South in 2015 to win the elections.

Narrating their conversation on phone, he said Rawlings told him, “Chief, you know I don’t have too much money. But, what I have is spiritual. It’s gonna help you. Take this small money and go win for me. My prayers are with you. My brother, I was disarmed. I couldn’t believe he wanted me to continue as an NPP MP. Fighting his party.”

When asked by the host how much President Rawlings gave him, he said (without wanting to disclose the amount), “It wasn’t a small money. It was cash. It was serious cash.” And when Sanda pushed further, he revealed laughing, “It was not less than 20, 000 Ghana cedis.”

“But, let me tell you my pain. I have the money to him for somebody else’s knee to be corrected. My pain was that when the mom died, the night before the funeral I sent a cow and the morning when the funeral was going on seriously, I walked to him and said, Mr. president, I can’t give you my funeral donation openly so I am coming home to give you my donation. Before I could give the funeral donation, he died”, he rued.

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