Former First Lady and 2012 presidential aspirant of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings says successive Parliament under Presidents John Evans Attah Mills and John Mahama are responsible for some of the worst crimes the nation has ever witnessed.
Speaking at an acclamation ceremony for the Volta Regional Executives of the party, Mrs Agyeman-Rawlings accused the parliamentarians of not helping the state.
“I think the fifth and sixth parliament of the Mills-Mahama NDC regime have virtually supervised some of the most unspeakable crimes that we have seen in this country.
“Unspeakable crimes against our nation in monstrous corruption and the abuse of people’s mandate in reckless abandon…very reckless”, she added.
The former first lady said this cannot be allowed to continue because there are rules and regulations that govern the country therefore persons elected into power cannot act or take decisions in a vacuum.
“So long as you’re in a country that has rules and regulations and a constitution that we all have to abide by then you cannot do certain things on your own. You must always consult the people who put you there”.
Mrs Agyeman-Rawlings also questioned President Mahama’s outburst following a tag of ‘incompetence’ by his critics.
She said President Mahama should accept criticisms of his administration. Regardless of his position, the former first lady believes that criticisms only go to serve the best interest of the president and his administration.
“No matter whom you are, no matter where you are, criticism is always important. If you don’t allow people to criticize you, you don’t know whether you’re charting a good path or doing the right thing.
“Whatever it is, criticism is good for your own spiritual growth and upbringing and helps you to improve on your way of life…it is very important to have criticism and critique because it helps to bring you back in line.
“But if you say that you will not agree to anyone criticizing you because they have never been in your position, then you are someone we should put a big question mark on and not look at you as a leader at all”, she said.
In her view, the president’s comment is out of place because people are feeling the effects of the “bad economy” and cannot be stopped from speaking about it.
She called for a change in governance because “When you have a stain in your dress, you take it off. So if there is a stain in governance, you take it off”.
She congratulated the elected executives of the NDP and admonished them to work hand in hand with other members of the party to “push the NDP agenda”.