A former Ghanaian president has come under intense criticism
after accusing the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) of masterminding the
execution of the overlord King of the people of Dagbon in northern Ghana.
Ex-President Jerry Rawlings reportedly said the murder of the former king and
over 40 of his elders was a calculated attempt by the ruling NPP to intimidate
Ghanaians. The former president also accused the ruling party’s presidential
candidate of failing to prosecute the alleged murderers of the king when he was
the attorney general. But the
ruling party has condemned the accusations as unfortunate and without merit.
Kofi Andam is the spokesman for former President Rawlings. From the capital,
Accra he tells reporter Peter Clottey that the former president was expressing
concerns about current developments in the country.
would say that there are major concerns and worries that the former president
has expressed and continue to express. This is somebody who believes in
allowing everybody to himself, and he is somebody who believes in truth and
justice. So, anytime he feels that justice of a sort is not done to some
people, he will rise up to the challenge and speak,” Andam noted.
said the former president is not happy about how President John Kufuor’s
government has handled the murder of the former overlord of Dagbon.
(former President Rawlings) talks about the gruesome murder of the overlord of
Dagbon and over 40 of his elders as something that this government
masterminded. Indeed, it was something that was planned to have included him
(the former president). Don’t forget also that in 2004 just after the election
another shocker visited this country through the murder and torturing and
whipping of Alhaji Issah Molbila to death after his cell had been turned upside
down in a military custody. These are all done to emasculate the people to cow
them and to put them into submission,” he said.
said there was no need for the former president to go to the proper authorities
with his intelligence that allegedly implicates the ruling party’s complicity
in the murder of the late king.
fact of the matter is that this information is available to the government
itself. They know they saw people danced with the limbs of the Ya Na (the late
king). They put up a commission of inquiry headed by a high profile judge and
they know they have the information, but what they did was to bury it. So,
whether former President Rawlings goes to them or not, they will still bury it.
But because it is for political reasons they will do absolutely nothing about
it. A senior police officer even had to resign as a result of this callous murder,”
Andam pointed out.
denied the former president is worried the ruling party would win this year’s
is very clear that they (NPP) didn’t even win the 2004 election. They used all
kids of means to rig the elections. Could you believe in areas like Pru where
the NPP had lost heavily, results were announced that indicated that they had
won by over 10,000. But the resistance of the people resulted in the
declaration of the correct results. In some areas this resistance could not build
up, and so they went away with their thievery. So, the NPP even did not win the
2004 election haven visited mayhem on the people, it is very clear that they
are on the verge of 2008 general election heavily. But because they have
committed a lot of crimes and this government is a guilty government they would
not want to go that easily. So they want to use violence and everything to want
to stay in power. It is for this reason that President Rawlings is trying to
advice the citizenry to wake up as our forefathers did and fight it,” he said.
the former president reportedly questioned why the west and its media kept
lambasting Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe while showering praises on
Ghana’s President John Kufuor. Ex-President Rawlings claims the only difference
between Ghana and Zimbabwe was that in Zimbabwe people are fleeing, whereas in
Ghana he said people are under coercive silence with nowhere to go, adding that
both Mugabe and Kufuor were using similar tactics on their peoples.