Former President Jerry John Rawlings has finally explained why he sacked his former aide Victor Smith.
Former Ghana High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ireland then former Special Assistant and Director of Public Affairs at Rawlings’ office was fired by J.J Rawlings in 2008 via text message.
He was subsequently asked to vacate his official residence with a letter to the Chief of Staff at the Castle, notifying the State, since he was on the payroll of government.
The reason for his dismissal, according to sources, was because he supported the candidature of John Mahama as running mate to late Prof John Atta Mills.
Mr. Smith on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme said he cannot forgive the former President.
But Mr. Rawlings while addressing an event to mark the 38th anniversary of June 4 uprising in Wa in the Upper West region said he fired Mr. Smith because he diverted funds meant for his office to the party.
He explained some Nigerians through his office decided to support the National Democratic Congress (NDC) campaign when late Prof. Atta Mills was the flagbearer, but Victor Smith decided to receive the money and take it directly to the campaign office.
However, the Nigerian did not fulfill their part of the bargain “yet when the time to pour poison on me started, this Secretary of mine was telling the world on radio stations that contributions was coming and he has stopped it from coming to me.
“I was disgusted that this guy would make up such a story but the one who angered me the most was our Prof Mills who knew the truth but kept quiet for this poison to burn me” he stressed.