Dr. Valerie Sawyerr and her late father, Mr Harry Sawyer, a former Minister of Education are both alleged beneficiaries of the controversial $2 million gift former President Jerry John Rawlings received from then Nigerian Head of State, Sani Abacha to work on Ghana’s democracy.
“Part of the money President Rawlings received was used to sponsor Dr. Valerie Sawyerr in her medical school education”, staunch supporter of the Rawlingses, Christopher Duggan alleged.
“Her late father, Harry Sawyerr who was given portion of the money to ensure implementation of policies in this Fourth Republic pocketed it”, he further alleged .
“Harry Sawyerr used the money to make her daughter Valerie Sawyerr a medical doctor today”, he claimed on “Dwabirem”, an afternoon political talk show on Kumasi-based Otec FM.
“I am sure he will be turning in his graves now”, the leading member of the defunct Friends of Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings (FONKAR) told the host, Agya Wusu Ansah.
Dr. Valerie Sawyerr, a former Deputy Chief of Staff under erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) accused the party’s founder and former President Jerry John Rawlings of corrupt practices under both his military and democratic regimes.
Dr. Sawyerr who was fired from office as Deputy Chief of Staff by President John Mahama under bizarre circumstances believes the NDC founder has no moral justification to speak against corruption in the party alleging Mr. Rawlings is as corrupt as other members of the party.
Speaking to the issue, Christopher Duggan called the bluff of the allegations against Mr. Rawlings describing Velerie Sawyerr as most corruptible woman in the country’s contemporary politics.
” She wears corruption shoes. …the moment you mention corruption she together with other officials in the previous administration will be running away that is why she is against the founder”.
“If you ask former President John Mahama why he sacked her he will tell you she is corrupt woman”, Christopher Duggan claims via telephone interview.