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Opposition Leader Calls on Ghana's President to Resign

  • Peter Clottey

In Ghana, the chairman of the opposition party EGLE (Every Ghanaian Living Everywhere), Dan Ofori-Atta, has called for President John Kuffour to resign.

Tuesday, Mr. Ofori-Atta said the presidency has been brought into disrepute because of recent allegations of kickbacks involving the president. The party chairman said even though President Kuffour promised zero tolerance of corruption, it seemed he had succumbed to temptation, and his conscience should compel him to resign while investigations into the allegations continue.

From the Ghanaian capital, Accra, Mr. Ofori-Atta tells English to Africa reporter Peter Clottey the scandal is an embarrassment to the presidency and the ruling party. He says ever since the scandal broke, various government spokesmen have tried to explain the situation.

Mr. Ofori-Atta says at times even the information minister virtually confirmed that kickbacks and donations were channeled to the presidency and says Mr. Kuffour was the biggest fundraiser for the ruling party.