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Profile Of Ex-president Jerry John Rawlings – Age, Family, Education, Career, Life & Death

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Ex-president Jerry John Rawlings

Ex-president Jerry John Rawlings was a Ghanaian military officer and politician who led the country from 1981 to 2001

Ex-president Jerry John Rawlings was born in June 22, 1947 and died on Thursday morning, November 12, 2020 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) in Accra – Ghana.

Mr Rawlings mother, Madam Victorial Agbotui died in September 2020 at aged 101 and was buried on October 24, 2020.

JJ Rawlings felt sick after his mother’s burial about three weeks ago and he was called home.

J.J. Rawlings was a Ghanaian military officer and politician who led the country from 1981 to 2001 and also for a brief period in 1979.

He led a military junta until 1992, and then served two terms as the democratically elected President of Ghana. He died on 12th November, 2020.

Rawlings initially came to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force following a coup d’état in 1979.

Prior to that, he led an unsuccessful coup attempt against the ruling military government on 15 May 1979, just five weeks before scheduled democratic elections were due to take place.

After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took back control of the country on 31 December 1981 as the Chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC).

In 1992, Rawlings resigned from the military, founded the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and became the first President of the Fourth Republic. He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.

After two terms in office, the limit according to the Ghanaian Constitution, Rawlings endorsed his vice-president John Atta Mills as presidential candidate in 2000.

He served as the African Union envoy to Somalia. He died on 12 November 2020 at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana.

Jerry John Rawlings was born in June 1947 in Accra, Ghana, to Victoria Agbotui, an Ewe from Dzelukope, Keta and James Ramsey John, a chemist from Castle Douglas in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland.

James Ramsey John was married in England to someone else and his descendants now live in Newcastle and London.

Rawlings attended Achimota School and a military academy at Teshie. Rawlings is married to Nana Konadu Agyeman, who he met while at Achimota College. They have three daughters: Zanetor Rawlings, Yaa Asantewaa Rawlings, Amina Rawlings; and one son, Kimathi Rawlings.

Education

Rawlings finished his secondary education at Achimota College in 1967. He joined the Ghana Air Force shortly afterwards; on his application, the military switched his surname John and his middle name Rawlings.

In March 1968, he was posted to Takoradi, in Ghana’s Western Region, to continue his studies.

He graduated in January 1969, and was commissioned as a Pilot Officer, winning the coveted “Speed Bird Trophy” as the best cadet in flying the Su-7 ground attack supersonic jet aircraft as he was skilled in aerobatics.

Military Career

He earned the rank of Flight Lieutenant and in April 1978. During his service with the Ghana Air Force, Rawlings perceived a deterioration in discipline and morale due to corruption in the Supreme Military Council (SMC).

As promotion brought him into contact with the privileged classes and their social values, his view of the injustices in society hardened. He was thus regarded with some unease by the SMC.

After the 1979 coup, he involved himself with the student community of the University of Ghana, where he developed a more leftist ideology through reading and discussion of social and political ideas.

1979 coup and purges

Rawlings grew discontent with Ignatius Kutu Acheampong’s government, which had come to power through a coup in January 1972.

Acheampong was accused not only of corruption, but also of maintaining Ghana’s dependency on pre-colonial powers that led to economic decline and impoverishment.

Rawlings was part of the Free Africa Movement, an underground movement of military officers who wanted to unify Africa through a series of coups.

On 15 May 1979, five weeks prior to civilian elections, Rawlings and six other soldiers staged a coup against the government of General Fred Akuffo, but failed and was arrested by the Ghanaian Military.

Rawlings was publicly sentenced to death in a General Court Martial and imprisoned, although his statements on the social injustices that motivated his actions won him civilian sympathy, While awaiting execution, Rawlings was sprung from custody on 4 June 1979 by a group of soldiers.

Second coup in 1981
Rawlings led a second coup against Limann and indicted the entire political class on 31 December 1981.

In place of Limann’s People’s National Party, Rawlings established the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) military junta as the official government.

In 1992 And 1996 Elections

he PNDC used NCD recommendations to establish a committee for the drafting of a new constitution based on past Ghanaian Constitutions, that lifted the ban on political parties in May 1992 after it was approved by referendum.

On 3 November 1992, election results compiled by the INEC from 200 constituencies showed that Rawlings’ NDC had won 60% of the votes, and had obtained the majority needed to prevent a second round of voting.

More specifically, the NDC won 62% in the Brong-Ahafo region, 93% in the Volta region, and majority votes in Upper West, Upper East, Western, Northern, Central, and Greater Accra regions.

His opponents Professor Adu Boahen won 31% of the votes, former President Hilla Limann won 6.8%, Kwabena Darko won 2.9%, and Emmanuel Erskine won 1.7%.
Voter turnout was 50%.

The two major contenders of the 1996 election were Rawlings’ NDC, and John Kufuor’s Great Alliance, an amalgamation of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the People’s Convention Party (PCP).

The Great Alliance based their platform on ousting Rawlings, and attacked the incumbent government for its poor fiscal policies.

However, they were unable to articulate a clear positive message of their own, or plans to change the current economic policy.

As Ghana was heavily dependent on international aid, local leaders had minimal impact on the economy.
The Electoral Commission reported that Rawlings had won by 57%, with Kufuor obtaining 40% of the vote.

Results by district were similar to those in 1992, with the opposition winning the Ashanti Region and some constituencies in Eastern and Greater Accra, and Rawlings winning in his ethnic home, the Volta, and faring well in every other region.

The NDC took 134 seats in the Assembly compared to the opposition’s 66, and the NPP took 60 seats in the parliament.

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“Fixing and Unfixing It”- Unpacking the Lazy, Unproductive Politicking of Ghana – Kenneth Kuranchie

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Kenneth Agyei Kuranchie, BA, LLB.

Kenneth Agyei Kuranchie, BA, LLB.

It is a truism that in politics, creating mass hysteria can be beneficial by way of the ballot box.

If one can find an emotionally charged theme, sum it up with a few catch phrases and put it on the radar of the mass consciousness, one can ride it to the highest political pinnacle.

Such a politician can use this emotionally charged issue like the red flag of a matador waved in front of a charging bull, and lure the bull (the public), literally to the death.

This tactic can be even more beneficial when the targeted politician or political entity carelessly hands over to the opponent golden nuggets and gems that can be used as political tinder to burn and chase the targeted political entity out of office.

History is replete with all manner of politicians who created a cause célèbre (a controversial issue that attracts a great deal of public attention), and then rode it like a rampaging horse to political power. And history is similarly replete with politicians who gifted their opponents the cause célèbre with which to take them out of power.

One such cause célèbre seems to have cropped up naturally (unnaturally?) around the “Fix the Country” campaign, and its counter-campaigners, on the recently introduced tax increases in Ghana, which has led to increments in petroleum products and telecommunication services.

The ‘Fix the Country’ campaigners insist that these measures are causing too much hardship.

The government recently imposed taxes on petroleum and communication
services to pay for the cost of fighting Covid-19 pandemic.

It is true that costs of petrol and communication services have gone up since May 1 st , 2021. The reasons are not far to seek.

Government has introduced a number of taxes for a number of reasons, most, if not all, to take effect from May 1 st , 2021.

An announcement by the Ghana Revenue Authority ahead of the May 1 st listed some of the taxes as
follows;
2. COVID-19 Health Recovery Levy Act, 2021 (Act 1068)
This Act imposes a one percent levy on the supply of goods and services made in the country other than exempt
goods or services; and import of goods and services other than exempt imports.
The Levy also applies to the supply of goods subject to the VAT Flat Rate.
The COVID-19 Health Recovery Levy is not allowable as an input tax deduction
3. Financial Sector Recovery Levy Act, 2021 (Act 1067)
This Act imposes a five percent levy on the profit before tax of banks
The tax is payable in quarterly instalments. However, for 2021, the levy is payable in three instalments
commencing from 30th June 2021.
4. Energy Sector Levy (Amendment) Act, 2021 (Act 1064):
This amendment has added two additional sections, 5A and 5B
5A – The imposition of an Energy Sector Recovery Levy of GH¢20 pesewas per litre of petrol/diesel and 18 pesewas
per kg on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)
5B – The imposition of a Sanitation and Pollution Levy of GH¢10 pesewas per litre of petrol and diesel respectively.
To do justice to the subject, one must go back and look at each imposed tax, in turn, and establish whether these
taxes are necessary. It will become clear, presently, that some of these taxes are good and beneficial, and some
are outright crass.
Like all controversial debates, no side is completely right, and no side is completely wrong. And interestingly, not
all the possible solutions that could have prevented us getting to this sorry pass, is on the table. And as for the
solutions beyond the screaming, they would simply be lost beyond the cacophony.
Indeed, to do a dispassionate discussion of the issue, the first line of the press statement issued by the Ghana
Revenue Authority (GRA), when it made the announcement on these taxes is instructive. The GRA stated, “The
Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority brings to the notice of the general public, especially
taxpayers that Parliament has passed three new tax laws and amended two existing laws to be implemented in
2021.”
To do justice to the subject, one must go back and look at each imposed tax, in turn, and establish whether these
taxes are necessary.

The statement “Parliament has passed” is especially instructive. In effect, these taxes were approved by the
nation’s parliament, in which the Majority hangs on that majority votes by the closest of margins. It means that the
opposition holds inordinate amount of leverage. Yet, the Majority, representing the government, and the
Moinority, representing the leading opposition party, saw nothing wrong with ALL the new taxes they were to
impose.
Now, are all these taxes necessary? We may need to study each tax in turn.
First, the COVID-19 Health Recovery Levy Act, 2021 (Act 1068), which imposes a 1% tax on all goods and services
emanating from the country.
Without doubt, Ghana’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic was star performance, and a study of how other
nations have fared, should tell us that we are not out of the woods yet. A 1% tax on goods and services, in my
humble opinion, should not lead to increments in prices, if industry were sincere to take a little less profit as a
contribution to the Covid effort. This is especially so, in that Ghana, like the rest of the world, is not out of the
Covid menace yet. It is all too possible that the world may need to undergo a second wave of a more virulent strain
of Covid. Government can only take the steps necessary to be taken to save lives, if government is certain that the
people on whose behalf it takes the tough decisions, would follow it when it comes time to pay up. This is not
partisanship. This is reality. However, it is all too clear that the nature of politics we do in this country is a politics
fuelled by a ‘scorched earth’ policy, that is, destroy everything in your path, including the positives, if necessary, in
order to capture the state, because your principal aim is not to build, but to capture the nation, steal as much as
you can, and when the people catch up with you at the ballot box, as they surely will do one day, to hand over until
you can trick them to give you the mandate in a few years’ time. That is the NDC’s position, which is why it makes
very little noise in parliament, and raises Cain out of parliament, because the Covid tax is good in the short,
medium and longterm.
Indeed all political actors should come out in immediate support of the COVID-19 Health Recovery Levy. We
committed the debt, and we need to pay it up. And it may save even more lives, yet.
The second is the Financial Sector Recovery Levy Act, 2021 (Act 1067).
This Act imposes a five percent levy on the profit before tax of banks.
The tax is payable in quarterly instalments. However, for 2021, the levy is payable in three instalments
commencing from 30th June 2021.
My opinion, is that this levy is unnecessary, and should not have been passed in the first place, if our members of
parliament on both sides knew what they were doing. Indeed, the so-called Financial Sector Recovery program is a
self-imposed hardship that the Ofori Atta Administration at the Ministry of Finance has inflicted on itself, and has
no moral and legal authority to pass onto the people of Ghana. This program arises out of the so-called collapse of
some private banks and financial institutions. I believe that if these banks and financial institutions had been
mismanaged and were collapsing, the sensible thing to do would have been to allow them to collapse, so that
other more efficiently managed banks would see the example of perfidious mismanagement.
To assume ownership of these financial institutions, and to seek to manage them as viable business entities, on the
back of tax payers, is unnatural, and if the history of all state banks in the past is anything to go by, would end up
with the same fate. There is also a very real possibility that down the line, Ghana would pay judgment debts for
the decisions taken with regard to these banks. All of which would have been avoided, if we had just cold-
bloodedly stood by and allowed them to collapse.
We should have just let them collapse, so that people learn the necessary lessons.
The third tax is the Energy Sector Levy (Amendment) Act, 2021 (Act 1064). This amendment has added two
additional sections, 5A and 5B.
5A is the imposition of an Energy Sector Recovery Levy of GH¢20 pesewas per litre of petrol/diesel and 18 pesewas
per kg on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), and 5B is the imposition of a Sanitation and Pollution Levy of GH¢10
pesewas per litre of petrol and diesel respectively.
As off the writing of this piece, I lack the exact figures on exactly what amounts the government seeks to make up,
what are the expected volumes of fuel products on which it is presumed to make up the fiscal shortage that the
government seeks to make up with 5A, and the duration of the period in which this levy would remain imposed. A
certain degree of education, on why the levy, and why it is pegged at the current levels, and for how long it is to be
imposed, would have been instructive. However, whatever, Ghanaians have still not forgotten the Energy Sector
Recovery levy, whose operations remain in great opacity to date, and the mention of whose name send both NDC
and NPP into great shivers.

With 5B, I dare say that it is one of the crassest decisions taken in our history in recent times, the so-called ‘Borla
Levy”, and parliament should very speedily go back into sitting and scrap this levy. Indeed, no member of
parliament, particularly those in NPP and NDC, should have the nerve of acknowledging the hardship that
Ghanaians go through, because Ghana does not need to impose collective taxation on a sensitive product like fuel
to ensure that we manage sanitation and pollution effectively.
It is a tax intended to rake in free money, hundreds of millions of dollars, for a particular company in Ghana. It is
totally immoral, and should be scrapped forthwith, and it is scary that any government would seek to bring about
any such law, and that a group of 275 men and women, who live on the taxpayer, would seek to impose such an
irresponsible tax on the same tax payer.
To the ruling government, the screaming that we are hearing from the population, castigating the government, is
purely self-imposed, and if we the members of this ruling government are not careful, we are just hammering the
nails in our coffin, for just thirty silver pieces.
We should remove the Zoomlion “Borla” Tax before it sends us to opposition, sooner than later.

 

Source: GhanaSky.com | Kenneth Agyei Kuranchie

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DJ Sources deserves NPP reward for his extraordinary hardwork & sacrifice – NPP Members

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Hon Kennedy Ohene Agyapong And Nana Sarkodie Ababio (aka DJ Sources)

Hon Kennedy Ohene Agyapong And Nana Sarkodie Ababio (aka DJ Sources)

Ghanaian UK based NPP supporter and CEO of Sources Radio, Nana Sarkodie Ababio popular known as DJ Sources Klinsmann.

Information reaching GhanaSky.com shows that, he has served the party in all spheres of life in his might, even the party top functionaries know this committed Patriot who has consistently been CONTRIBUTING immensely for the success of the great party both in-kind and cash.

He has also used his network to promote the good image of New Patriotic Party (NPP) for years.
In fact, Nana Sarkodie Ababio (Sources) has paid his dues to be rewarded in this Second of office.

It is in these regards, that a NPP memeber joined hands with Barrister Danny and other active Patriots of NPP to suggest this gentleman to the party’s appointment Authorities to remember him to serve in this second term of Office.

According to GhanaSky.com political analyst, Nana Sarkodie Ababio started his political journey in 1992 at Kwabre East, Old Tafo, Pankrono and Suame.

He was part of the active patriots who worked tirelessly to get Hon Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, Member of Parliament (MP) for Suame Constituency into Ghana Parliament in 1997.

Hailing from Kwabre East Constituency, his numerous political exploits in areas like Sakora Wonoo, Antoa, Aboaso, Ntonso, Mampongteng and other known areas for settlers maximized the party’s support base in the Constituency with the late Hon Nana Asante Frimpong as the MP of the Constituency at that time under the era of the late Prof Adu Boahen.

DJ Sources first moved from Ghana to Europe just after the NPP under former President John Agyekum Kufuor broke the presidential drought of the UP Tradition in the 2000 general elections.

After living in countries such as Germany, Czech Republic, France, Austria, Italy and Switzerland, he finally moved to UK.

Everywhere Nana Sarkodie Ababio lived in Europe, his political activism and strong love for the NPP was always felt.

In the UK, he set up Sources Radio which played very huge roles for the NPP prior to the 2012 and 2016 general elections.

Working with Hyford Atta Akrofi, a former Chairman of UK, the NDC was totally submerged in the UK and Europe.

He was as well part of all the committees that exposed the incompetency of former President John Dramani through the organisation of numerous demonstrations in the Diaspora particularly in the UK.

To help deepen and strengthen the political activities of the NPP in Diaspora, he together with others formed identifiable groups such as United for Change UK, Aljazeera Ladies UK to support Zongo communities and others to push the Operation 500,000 Votes for NPP in the diaspora.

These identifiable groups as well had branches across all the regions in Ghana to further pursue NPP agenda. He, in addition, mobilized lots of resources in UK to support the NPP’s 2012, 2016 and 2020 campaigns.

Nana Sarkodie Ababio, in 2014, was presented with a citation by the NPP-UK, signed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the then presidential aspirant of the NPP for his peerless activities for the party in the UK, diaspora and Ghana.

He was again named the second best social media communicator and campaigner for the NPP’s 2016 victory. He has continuously been named the most influential political activist in the diaspora since 2008.

Due to Sarkodie’s strong love for NPP and his desperate quest and insatiable thirst to see to the realization of the break of the eight (8) years jinx by the NPP, he has again officially launched “Operation 1 million Votes for NPP in diaspora”; an agenda which seeks to garner more than 1 million Ghanaians in the diaspora to register and vote for the NPP in the 2024 eeneral elections.

He has also set up websites to propagate the good works of the NPP and as well use as a platform to continuously expose the NDC.

From the aforementioned, it vividly proves that DJ Sources as he is fondly called, has really paid his due to the advancement of the party over the years and needs to be hugely rewarded.

I will therefore humbly plead with the leadership of the Party to reward and continuously motivate Nana Sarkodie Ababio commonly known as DJ Sources for his consistent hardwork, persistence, sacrifice and undying love for the party.

Source: GhanaSky.com

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Okomfo Nana Agradaa Arrested; two TV stations showing ‘mօnᥱy-dօubling r¡tuals’ shut down [Video]

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(Okomfo) Priestess Dr Patricia Asiedu aka Nana Agradaa

(Okomfo) Priestess Dr Patricia Asiedu aka Nana Agradaa

Mօnᥱy doubler and spiritualist, Dr Patience Asiedua, popularly known as Nana Agradaa, has been arrested.

Nana Agradaa, known for her moneymaking ritual, ‘sika gari’, was arrested by a joint team of Police and National Security Intelligence Operatives, in collaboration with the National Communications Authority on Tuesday night.

Two TV channels – Thunder TV and Ice1 TV – that allegedly broadcast money doubling content at Kasoa in the Central Region, were also shut down for operating without licenses.

The team seized two pieces of equipment each used in the alleged illegal transmission from both premises.

This was announced by the Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful on her social media page on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Information available suggests the TV channels owned by the self-styled traditional priestess have been operating without authorization for years leading to their closure.

The state’s action follows recent concerns about the broadcasting of inappropriate content in the media space by persons parading themselves as spiritualists

It is on the heels of the gruesome killing of an 11-year-old boy allegedly by two teenagers for money ritual purposes.

Below is the Minister’s full post:

“At about 2200hrs on 20/04/2021, a joint team of Police and National Security Intelligence Operatives, in collaboration with the National Communications Authority, stormed the premises of two satellite television stations, namely, Thunder TV and Ice1 TV, who were illegally transmitting without licenses, at Kasoa in the Central Region

The team arrested the offenders among which included the owner of Thunder TV, Patience Asiedua, popularly known as Nana Agradaa, and seized two (2) pieces of equipment each used in the illegal transmission from both premises. Nana Agradaa advertises her “Sika Gari” on her TV station, which she claims is her personal god that multiplies money with some rituals she makes. She has hence admitted to this illegality and is currently in custody assisting with further investigations.

The influx of unregulated television stations on air has led to the promotion of certain content which may affect public order, public morality, and the rights and reputation of others. As such, efforts are underway to rid the system of this canker and reduce overcrowding on Ghana’s airwaves.”

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