The Former President Jerry John Rawlings has stated that some members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have been denigrating him for speaking against the party.
He said his accusers are always eager to please their paymasters thereby treating his counsel with contempt.
Mr Rawlings indicated that removing the log in his eye is the only way to legitimize any right to expose the speck in another political party.
The ex-military leader made this known on Sunday during the 36th anniversary of 31st December revolution in Ho, Volta Region.
‘Some latter-day party officials have now made it their chore to denigrate me for speaking loudly and forcefully about the wrongs in the NDC when the party was in power.
‘Many of these political novices, eager to please their paymasters may be oblivious to the countless times my counsel was treated with contempt. I cannot lay claim to the position of party founder and spend time criticizing another party or institution when my house is burning. Removing the log in my eye is the only way to legitimize any right to expose the speck in another’s,’ he said.
He said the NDC faces serious shortcomings irrespective of the challenges of the new government (New Patriotic Party).
The Former President who is noted for blasting his own party said he has criticised the current government on a number of occasions.
‘I have on a number of occasions made remarks about the current president. That not withstanding, I have to caution that the rise of reckless vigilantism, which is breeding a new standard in lawlessness, has to be brought to book. Vigilantism perceived to be protected by political authority is a one-way road to a break down of law and order.
The attacks on the High Court in Kumasi, the recent attacks on a Member of Parliament in Brong Ahafo and other reported incidents of highhandedness by perceived political agents have to be denounced forcefully and dealt with in a firm and swift manner that will inspire public confidence,’ he stated.