Former President Jerry John Rawlings and his wife, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings has described the demise of the former Cuba leader, Fidel Castro, as a loss to the spirit of freedom.
A statement signed by Kobina Andoh Amoakwa, Communications Director, Office of the former President, said the world had lost a great hero and beacon of the struggle of true independence from the forces of oppression and neo-colonialism.
According to the statement, the late Cuban President was a progressive hero, who, together with other like-minded individuals, built a resilient society that was able to withstand decades of economic embargo and aggression by the United States and its allies.
“Despite the economic hardships, late President Castro led Cuba to build educational and healthcare systems that outperformed some advanced countries and to make Cuba a star in the arts and sports,” the statement added.
The statement said Africa, especially Ghana and South Africa would forever be thankful for the sacrifices of the late President and the Cuban people for training about 3,000 Ghanaians to become doctors, engineers among others, and building of hospitals in remote areas benefitting from the services of Cuban professors and doctors as well as laying down their lives in the painful liberation struggles on the continent.
Former President Rawlings and Nana Konadu lauded the late Cuban President and the people of Cuba for giving so much of themselves to the continent, saying “President Castro epitomised what strong resolve and dedication can achieve”.