Former President Jerry John Rawlings has described persons who criticise his military interventions of 1979 and 1981 as persons who lack credibility and are focused on the negatives while ignoring the overwhelming positives of the coups which, he maintains, were called for by the Ghanaians.
In his speech in Winneba last Tuesday to mark the 31st
December 1981 coup which overthrew the Limann administration, Mr Rawlings
explained that it was the anger of the people that resulted in the coup he led
and not his personal ambitions, stressing that the coups were necessary
interventions given the context at the time.
“It is, however, unfortunate that some have chosen to
siphon the negatives, leaving out the overwhelming gains made by these
interventions of the people. The two interventions, 1979 and 1981, were not
about Rawlings. They were the effects of the mood of the country and the mood
of the people. In telling the story, the context and the circumstances cannot
be discounted or overlooked.
An explosion of human rage in our history, meant to teach us
not to treat fellow human beings with disrespect, is being distorted by persons
who lack credibility,” he thundered at the ceremony.
The commemoration of the coups staged by Mr Rawlings has
come under intense criticism with many arguing that marking the day amounts to celebrating
crimes that were committed against the state because a coup is a treasonous
offence notwithstanding the circumstances and mood of the country.
Prof Stephen Kwaku Asare( Kwaku Azar) has argued that commemorating the coups violate the constitution of the country and flies in the face of our collective conscience, consciousness and wisdom as a country.
But the National Democratic Congress (NDC) which resulted
from the coups has always defended the coups with, among others, the defence at
they were necessary interventions to bring sanity to the country.