Former President Jerry John Rawlings has denied absolving his successor of guilt in the murder of the late Ya Na Yakubu II, pointing out that he rather said “the Abudus may not have been totally responsible for the murder.”
The former President’s denial was contained in a rejoinder to a story carried by Daily Guide in which he reportedly absolved both his successor and the Abudus.
He described the said story as “crafty and dubious creation of Daily Guide carefully calculated for selfish political effect.”
He stated that “there was official complicity in the matter of the demise of the Ya Na, hence the superficial investigations into the issue.”
He said that he has never wavered in his position about the fate of the late Dagbon Overlord.
The former President entreated the public to disregard the said story, noting that he has in his possession a recording of his address during the funeral of the Kwahuhene.
During his visit to Abene Kwahu on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 to bid farewell to the late Daasebre Akuamoah Boateng, President Rawlings said he spoke on diverse issues including the lack of just and conclusive investigations into the death of the Ya Na.
He expressed disquiet over how the New Patriotic Party (NPP) under President Kufuor did little to unmask the killers and criticized Presidents Mills and Mahama for their inaction in bringing a just conclusion to the matter.
He subsequently indicated that because investigations so far have been inconclusive, the culprits have gone free while an impression has been created that some Abudus may have totally been responsible.