Book on Rawlings launched

SONY DSCA book that tells the political story of former President Jerry John Rawlings has been launched in Accra on Wednesday.

A Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr. Nicholas Amponsah, who spoke at the function, credited former President Jerry John Rawlings with the democracy Ghana is enjoying and wants a national recognition given to the 67-year-old former leader.

“He was the first man to make this country feel a sense of certainty about political stability, feel a sense of security that governments can at least finish their tenure, and that change of regimes can and ought to come by the ballot, and finally we can change regimes over even to our arch opponents,” he stated.

Reviewing the book titled “J.J. Rawlings and the Democratic Transition in Ghana” authored by Ghana’s former High Commissioner in London Professor Kwaku Danso-Boafo in Accra on Tuesday, Dr. Amponsah said, the fledging democracy which the country enjoys should be the basis for judging the former Ghanaian president.

He noted that Mr. Rawlings’ December 31 coup “was a coup to end all coups” after persons, by the virtue of their profession took power as at when they so wished, and believed Ghana won’t experience an overthrow in its unforeseeable future”.

He said Mr. Rawlings’ political life and achievements should be understood from his inbred philosophy of abhorrence of injustice and oppression, corruption and desire for probity and accountability.”

He said the June 4th revolution and the 31st December uprising must mean a lot to the Ghanaian just as the American, French and de Gaulle revolutions meant a lot to the American, French and German nationals respectively.

The 384 page book narrates the political history of the country from 1979 when Mr. Rawlings first seized power, to when the John Agyekum Kufour led administration handed power to the John Atta Mills led administration in 2009.

The launch of the book which was scheduled for August, this year was halted when Mr. Rawlings secured a court injunction restraining Professor Danso from launching the book.

According to Mr. Rawlings in his affidavit filed at an Accra Fast Track High Court, Professor Danso reneged on an earlier agreement which would require his input before the book was launched.

The case was however withdrawn from the court to make way for an out-of-court settlement.

Professor Danso Boafo on his part said the objective of the book was not to malign any individual or group of persons but to tell the political history of the country at least under the 4th Republic.

He said the 15 chapter book was a true representation of the facts after 250 sources were consulted for inputs.

The African story, he said, must be told by the African and not the experience of the expatriate.

The book was launched by a former Chief of Defence Staff Brigadier General Nunoo Mensah.

Former President Rawlings was however absent at the function and no official reason was given.

By Julius Yao Petetsi

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