Paul Adom-Otchere, host of Good Evening Ghana was at the receiving end of harsh criticisms by former President Jerry John Rawlings for suggesting the former President killed the entrepreneurship drive in the country.
While presenting an editorial on his show, on September 9 last year, Mr Adom-Otchere blamed the former President for deliberately destroying Ghanaian businesses for fear of being ousted from power.
“Ghana needs only two Dangotes to survive. We have had about thirty of them. [But] government after government, they throw them away, starting from Rawlings. And he is the guiltiest on this matter. JJ Rawlings is the most guilty of this thing… [He] pulled down every Ghanaian business because you are afraid that they’re too strong to take you out of power,” he indicated on his show in September last year.
Responding to this at a durbar to climax the 38th anniversary of the 31st December Coup D’etat at the Winneba Lorry Park last year, the Former President lashed out at the seasoned Journalist, saying he always spews out nonsense on his television programme.
“That small boy, what’s his name? Paul Adom-Otchere or something, he just wakes up every day and starts spewing nonsense,” he said.
According to former President Rawlings, unlike the capitalism that African leaders claimed to be practising, it was just an avenue to loot from public coffers unlike the kind of accountability which exists in America through to Europe.
“Next time I will take time and teach you what entrepreneurship means. When we say private capital or capitalism or socialism what it means and you will see how they have used Africans. Do you think we are doing capitalism? America, right across to Europe to the Soviet Union, there is accountability. Look at the capitalism Africa say we are doing, it is just thievery and they call capitalism,”
Recounting the circumstances that led to the 1981 coup, Mr Rawlings stated: “During the Acheampong regime, the banking sector, especially the Ghana Commercial Bank, was plunged into unimaginable corruption. The bank served as an avenue for cronies and a particular ethnic group to feed fat on loans without collateral. Sadly, these loans were never paid”.