Former president JJ Rawlings has described his former vice president who later became president John Evans Atta Mills as a “brilliant” man, but “shallow.”
Although Rawlings and Mills worked together he became a fierce critic of his administration, describing most of his appointees as corrupt.
Addressing a delegation from the Association of Cuban Trained Ghanaian Professionals at his residence Tuesday, Rawlings said Mills failed to listen to his numerous counsel and that worked against him.
“We did everything possible to lift up this country and that’s why people kept wishing we were back. But as soon as we handed over; the guy turned the wheels 180 degrees. Some of the most outrageous things were happening,” the former military leader ranted.
“I remember trying to tell Mills and giving him details about some of the issues but it surprised me though that for a brilliant man like him, [Mills] he couldn’t see. He was so shallow.”
According to Rawlings, who ruled Ghana for close to 20 years, Mills allowed people around him to call the shot.
“Crime perpetuates itself if you don’t deal with it, and how Mills couldn’t see through this is something I couldn’t understand. It was so bad that even who had been misused to jail innocent people some in Ghana, some in Ivory Coast were on standby to escape and this as we were approaching the 2008 elections.
“But our brother Mills had been so badly persuaded. As he put it to me, he had been advised to let things be and the money will flow. Mills was disappointing. Some of your so-called intellectual creatures are dumb,” he claimed.