Rawlings justifies 1979, 1981 revolutions

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has described as a calculated attempt by some individuals to distort history and destroy the legacy laid by the June 4th and 31st December revolutions.

According to him, the two interventions were carried out to fix the fragile and volatile atmosphere and restore integrity into the country at the time.

The former president, who was the architect of the June 4, 1979, and 1981 revolutions made these remarks at a durbar to mark the 38th anniversary of the 31st December Revolution in Winneba on Tuesday.

The celebration was on the theme, ‘Monetisation of elections in Ghana: ‘A threat to national development and genuine democracy’.

According to the former President, the two interventions were not about him, but the effects of the mood of the country and that of the citizenry.

He said it was unfortunate that some people chose to siphon the negatives, leaving out the gains made by the intervention of June 4th and December 31st.

“In telling the story, the context and the circumstances cannot be discounted or overlooked. An explosion of human race in our history meant to teach us not to treat fellow human beings with disrespect is being distorted by persons who lack credibility,”he said.

He said an important lesson in history would be lost on the nation because a handful of minds, full of hate and bitterness were being allegedly paid to distort and cover up events in the history of the country with callous stories and lies.

Mr Rawlings bemoaned the level of corruption in the country saying, “Corruption had eaten so deep into the fabric of the masses of our country that it has taken away that spirit that we used to find at the grassroots”.

He said it was about time the country drew lessons from the two incidents to reform, transform and to raise the quality of justice and freedom in the society.

The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama urged supporters of the party to reflect on the principles of probity and accountability as enshrined in the 31st December Revolution to work hard for victory in 2020.

He said the 31st December Revolution laid a solid foundation for the Fourth Republic and the formulation of the 1992 constitution, saying the revolution marked a pivotal moment in the history of the country.


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