Rawlings not part of Mahama’s delegation to Burkina Faso

Accra, Jan. 2, GNA – The Office of former President Jerry John Rawlings has denied that the former President and his wife were members of Government’s delegation to the inauguration of Jean Marc Christian Kabore as President of Burkina Faso.

A statement issued by the Office of the former President and copied to the Ghana News Agency said the attention of the former President Rawlings has been drawn to inaccuracies in a statement issued by the Flagstaff House Communications Bureau, indicating that he and his wife; Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, were members of the President’s delegation that travelled to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso for the inauguration ceremony.

It said the Office finds the misrepresentation unfortunate.

‘Outgoing President Michel Kafando invited his Excellency Jerry Rawlings by a letter dated December 18, 2015.

‘The former President and his wife travelled with a delegation including Betty Akuffo-Amoabeng, Kobina Andoh Amoakwa and Joseph Dawson-Otoo,’ it stated.

The statement said former President Rawlings and the delegation travelled on a military transport aircraft.

‘It is important to note that upon arrival in Burkina Faso, the former President and his entourage were met by Burkinabe State Protocol and the Ghana Embassy and driven to their hotel and subsequently to the venue for the ceremony,’ it said.

It said President Mahama arrived later with the Presidential aircraft and a delegation that included Foreign Minister Hannah Tetteh, Dr Edmund Dele and others.

‘It is unfortunate that the author of the release, privy to the fact that the former President was also travelling to Burkina Faso, albeit in his own capacity and upon a separate invitation decided to play mischief with the content of the official presidential release,’ it said.


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