A Former President of the Republic of Ghana, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings, who handed over to another civilian government in year 2001 after ruling the country for almost 20 years (both as a military head of state and then as a civilian president), has admonished the new rulers in Mali to use the transition period to exhibit exceptional leadership for the country and see to it that it becomes the beginning of a prosperous period for the people.
The former President made the statement when he was called upon in his home in Accra, Ghana by a four-man delegation of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) led by its Chairman, Colonel Assimi Goïta on Tuesday.
Rawlings asked the current leaders in Mali to mobilise their people into taking up productive activity through a positive vision to propel the country’s development.
He told them that there is the need to empower and encourage Malian citizens to own their political climate and to improve on the quality of multiparty democracy that Western powers “have hung around our necks.”
“The level of corruption that has become an integral part of multiparty democracy has created a general climate of stress and tension that may destabilize some areas in our region.
It is unfortunate that the world is being forced into multiparty democracy with corruption and violence rather than other forms of democratic practices with none or minimal corruption.
Unfortunately, the West appears to favour corruptible political tendencies in order to continue to dominate our security and economy,” the former President stated.
The former Ghanaian leader went on to advise the Malian transitional unit to consistently ensure that they govern with humility and diligence and whiles remaining an inspiration to the people to fight and defy corruption and injustice.
Rawlings made it known that he even though he was dutifully passing on ECOWAS leadership’s concerns (as should be the norm) he also believed in the need to share his own political experiences and observations with visitors as he had had similar experiences in his life time.
The meeting between Mr. Rawlings and the Malian leadership took place after ECOWAS leaders held an Extraordinary meeting with the Malian leadership at Peduase in Ghana, to discuss political recent developments in Mali.
Colonel Assimi Goïta was accompanied by Colonel Ismaël Wagué, Major Talibe Konte and Captain Demba N’daw. Also present was the Malian Ambassador to Ghana, Abdoul Kader Toure.
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