Former President Jerry John Rawlings has on the commemoration of the June 4 uprising bemoaned the path on which the country is treading, particularly in the past year, saying it is derailing development efforts.
According to him, the extent of political and social disorder exhibited over the past 12 months is slowly eating up the country like a “tumor”.
Former President Rawlings was speaking at the 37th commemoration of the uprising, where he said, “Developments over the past year on both the political and social front have once again exposed the extent of political and social disorder and dishonesty that is eating our country up like a malignant tumor.”
The former president also noted that his outspoken demeanor against corruption was met with disdain and abuse from individuals he described as “cowards” who feel they are untouchable because of their ill-gotten wealth at the expense of the masses.
“I have spoken a few times about these serious observations and received the usual abuse and tribulations from cowards who in their delusion assume their ill-acquired wealth makes them untouchable regardless of the power and conviction of the ordinary hardworking and liberal people of this country.” he said.
Former President Rawlings expressed concern about the degradation of the environment and natural resources which he said was a reflection “of the poor standard and authority of a government” and that the menace posed some risks to human lives.
“In our country, the abuse has become dire because of the abuse of our water bodies through the dumping of non-degradable waste, like plastics, metals, chemicals and other poisonous materials.” he lamented.
Former President Rawlings pointed out that the “senseless” abuse of water bodies in the name of illegal mining is “further exasperated by the senseless abuse of our rivers and lakes for the new found craze for illegal mining.”
“It is tragic to see rivers such as Ankobra, Pra, Offin and parts of the Volta that used to provide clean potable water to huge communities now turn into a flow of mud and grime,” he added.