Legal luminary and Professor of Accounting Stephen Kwaku Asare has argued that celebrating days when military coup d’états were staged violates the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, adding that “our collective conscience, consciousness and wisdom tell us that celebrating such days can open up healing wounds.
The Professor wonders why former President JJ Rawlings and
the National Democratic Congress continue to commemorate the June 4, 1979 and
December 31, 1981 coups even though we know it violates our conscience and
consciousness and the Constitution.
“In pursuit of national peace and cohesion, nobody
celebrates or commemorates February 24, January 13, October 9 or July 5.
This is so because our collective conscience, consciousness
and wisdom (CCCW) tell us that celebrating these events will open the scars of
“Liberation,” “Redemption,” “Supremacy l,” and “Supremacy II.”
But somehow we have frozen our CCCW when it comes to
celebrating or commemorating December 31 and its June 4 progeny, “he wrote.
The National Democratic Congress( NDC) led by former
President Rawlings is set to celebrate
the 31st December 1981 coup tomorrow. But Prof Azar is of the opinion that it
is constitutionally unacceptable to do so.
“So tomorrow, the architects of the scars of the
revolution will have the effrontery and chutzpah to celebrate and commemorate
“the revolution” to ironically discuss threats to national development and
To the extent that this celebration or commemoration is
patronized, if not spearheaded, by a national political party, it must be
viewed as a national event and subject to the rule in the December 31 case.
But even private celebrations that pose a danger to
democracy and peace as well as violate the principles of the Constitution
should not be tolerated.
We have closed our eyes to this rank anomaly for far too long,” he maintained.
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The NDC has regularly marked the coups its forbears staged
in 1979 and 1981.