Former President Jerry John Rawlings has reacted angrily to a publication by an international news medium, claiming he has asked the African Union (AU) to deploy its troops in Cameroun to dethrone that country’s president.
The former president was categorical that the report by the Radio France International (RFI) was false. “President Rawlings has granted no interview to any local or international news media on the subject matter and we condemn in the strongest terms the attempt by RFI to smear his reputation with such falsehood,” Kobina Andoh Amoakwa who handles communications at the office of the former president wrote in a statement.
The former president warned that he will take legal action against media houses spreading falsehood about him.
Below is the full statement
RAWLINGS DENIES RADIO FRANCE INTERNATIONAL STORY
The attention of the office of His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings has been drawn to a false report on Radio France International (RFI) alleging that he spoke on the situation in the Gambia during which he purportedly called on ECOWAS to influence the AU to send troops to Cameroun to oust President Paul Biya.
President Rawlings has granted no interview to any local or international news media on the subject matter and we condemn in the strongest terms the attempt by RFI to smear his reputation with such falsehood.
The former President is best known for his conflict resolution roles within the sub-region and beyond and any attempt to attribute to him false news on serious matters of international diplomacy is reckless, unethical, unprofessional and slanderous.
All media who publish falsehood about former President Rawlings should note that immediate legal action will be taken against them for such fabrications. Signed: Kobina Andoh Amoakwa (Communications Directorate)