A former Communication Director of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Dr. Arthur Kennedy, has called on politicians from both divides to desist from using the health of President John Evans Atta Mills as a campaign tool.
According to Dr. Kennedy, such a move is frowned upon by the Ghanaian culture, adding that campaigning in that regard will be seen in the public eye as immoral.
Dr. Kennedy’s advice comes on the back of controversies surrounding the visit of President Mills to the United States for “routine medical check-up.”
Speaking on Citi FM’s news analysis program, ‘The Big Issue’ on Saturday, the University Lecturer stated that the politics being played with the health of the President is totally immature and ought to be shunned.
Dr. Kennedy, who himself is a medical practitioner, said “we as members of the public must be compassionate because we all can get sick. Since we started talking of the President’s demise, we learnt of Honourable Owusu-Ansah passing away – may he rest in peace.”
He added: “But when we started about the President being dead or not being dead, he was alive and now he is gone and the President is still alive so let us be careful.
“In 1979, a lot of people were talking about Paa Willie and the Osu Cemetery, he lived to attend the funerals of a lot of those saying that, so I want to appeal to my fellow Ghanaians, we should not play politics with health or death because it would appear to me that there has been a little bit of politicisation of this issue and very few people have clean hands.”
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