Former president Jerry John Rawlings has once again hit out at colleague former president, John Agyekum Kufuor, accusing him of being responsible for Ghana’s poverty.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) founder said Kufuor governed the country with selfish and backward thinking when he was president.
According to him, Kufuor’s campaign for uncontrolled birth is what has dragged Ghana into its current state of poverty.
“I remember when we were doing well and even during elections or preparations for elections….and I go round campaigning and would still be talking about HIV/AIDS and I would still be talking about family planning.
“When NPP would be doing nothing but promising this…Kufuor promising that to the extent he went far and urged Ghanaians to give birth to more children,” Rawlings is quoted as saying by MyNewsGh.com.
He maintains that controlled birth would have ensured that Ghanaians have enough to cater for themselves and their families.
The former military leader accused Kufuor and the NPP of campaigning against controlled birth just to gain votes.
“I thought to myself what is wrong with this man? I want my people to be rich…to have enough. There will never be enough when you are bringing forth uncontrollably.
“Not knowing some of them have in the back of their minds the more people they can have, will be more votes they can have. Such selfish backward thinking,” Rawlings stated.
“The white man was able to contain his poverty through family planning,” he added.