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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 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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President Akufo-Addo’s ‘bribe’ video: Laptop of originator seized – Paul Adom-Otchere [Video]

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President Akufo-Addo and Paul Adom-Otchere

Paul Adom-Otchere, the host of Good Evening Ghana, has said the laptop of the originator of the viral video of President Nana Akufo-Addo allegedly receiving a bribe from Alhaji Abass, the Director of Urban Roads, has been seized by the security authorities.

Speaking on the Editorial segment of his ‘Good Evening Ghana’ show on Thursday, December 3, Adom-Otchere said, “Eventually, the laptop of the author of the video has been collected. It has actually been seized and surprisingly, on the laptop is another video, really the same video…”

“This is the most dastardly, the most ridiculous [attempt] to have happened in the fourth republic and it is painful that it is happening not in 1992, not in 1996, not in the year 2000 [but] twenty years after the year 2000,” Adom-Otchere averred.

“Technology has come, Facebook, editing machines, everything, people can just look at the video and determine it’s been edited. Twenty years after the turn of the century, Ghanaian politicians are taking us back to 1951.”

The viral video of the president, allegedly receiving a bribe of $40,000 is said to have been recorded by one Salis Yakubu Atsuluho who owns “The Salis” newspaper.

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According to Kweku Baako Jnr., the Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, he introduced the Salis gentleman to his protégé, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

Meanwhile, Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has asked the general public to disregard the bribery allegation levelled against the President, stressing it is false information being propagated by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

While noting that the government has braced itself for more fabricated and concocted information with a few days to the elections, Mr Oppong Nkrumah said the encounter captured on tape ensued at a time Akufo-Addo was not yet president.

“Whilst we are not surprised by the new low by the opposition candidate and his party, we remind Ghanaians that they should expect more of such falsehoods and fabrications in the days leading up to the election,” he said in a statement.

“It has become clear that candidate Mahama’s failed campaign now sees fake news and fabrications, as well as an amendment of their earlier promises as the only hope to salvage what is going to be another decisive victory for President Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party.

“For the avoidance of doubt, President Akufo-Addo has never been involved in any untoward conduct, let alone take a bribe. The original footage of the incident shows it clearly as a 2016 campaign donation and nothing more,” he stressed.

Mustapha Hamid who was the spokesperson of Akufo-Addo during the 2016 electioneering campaign has also discredited the video. He maintains the amount that was donated was GH¢40,000.

Source: ghanaweb.com

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Ghanaian Gospel Musician & Professional Nurse, QueenLet Appeals To Ghana Government to FINE anyone without face mask…

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QueenLet Appeals To Ghana Government

Ghanaian Germany based certified Professional Nurse and a Gospel Artiste QueenLet confirmed, Corona-virus seemed to have gone down but it’s on the rise again in many countries.

Stay safe by taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing a face mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning your hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue.

There have been lots of cases in recent times and unexpected deaths among some renowned Ghanaian personalities which have raised eyebrows .

Hence, the sensational SOKAAT Gospel Artiste QueenLet, who is also a nurse in Germany, who recently released two singles; Dear Holy Spirit and Anwanwadwuma (Marvelous Work), under the management of Debrich Group Ghana and Europe.

It seems a lot of people are taking the health rules governing the Corona-virus for granted and she suggests the government should fine (penalty) anyone seen without face mask in an open space.

QueenLet said when people are asked to pay money, they will always bear the rules and regulations that goes with the pandemic in mind.

According to GhanaChurch.com host – Dr Church, the pandemic is an epidemic of an infectious disease that has spread across a large region, for instance multiple continents or worldwide.

Artiste QueenLet suggests places like markets, churches, in trotros, taxis, shopping malls and everywhere that people meet and interact must be mask duty.

From GhanaChurch.com analyst, QueenLet said, Ghanaians are taking the pandemic too light and if care is not taken, it will get out of hands.

Therefore, QueenLet added that, comparing Ghana to other countries, Ghana has done well in terms of managing the pandemic but there must be strong and firm rules to maintain the good work.

Clean your hands before you put your mask on, as well as before and after you take it off. Make sure it covers both your nose, mouth and chin.

CHIN is the protruding part of the face below the mouth, formed by the apex of the lower jaw.

Even more, QueenLet is a talented and gifted gospel musician of our era by Elohim, a prolific song writer, a composer with intelligence Perceptual reasoning in vocal frequencies and calculuses when an uncooked musical data is given to her.
 Finally, QueenLet ministry as a Psalmist is characterised by the manifestation of Elohim’s tangible Presence, resulting in holistic transformation in the lives of participants in the worship experience.
 QueenLet has been called into the music industry to inspire, transform and to unmoor every vessel of God with Elohim’s legal emancipation GRACE in this eschatological age.
 As the season changes and transformation take place in the body of Christ, a mighty finger of ELOHIM has picked another unadulterated voice.

 
 
Source: GhanaChurch.com – News Portal

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Ghana Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia suspends campaign over Rawlings’ death

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Dr Mahamudu Bawumia And Ex-president Jerry John Rawlings

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia And Ex-president Jerry John Rawlings

The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has cut short his 12 day campaign tour of three northern regions after the demise of Ghana’s longest serving leader, former President Jerry John Rawlings.

The late JJ Rawlings, who led Ghana from 1981 to 2000, passed away at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

On hearing the news Dr Bawumia, who is also the Running mate of the governing NPP, immediately suspended his campaign, describing former President Rawlings’ passing as a “great loss to Ghana, Africa and the world.”

President Rawlings, Dr Bawumia said, was a “colossus” whose “fight for the poor and his impact on national cohesion and discipline is unforgettable.”

“President Rawlings is a man I have known and respected for a long time. His role in the political history of Ghana is indelible. His contribution to national discourse and development over the years have helped shape Ghana. His passing is a great loss to the nation,” he added.

Dr Bawumia expressed his condolences to the former First Lady, Her Excellency Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, the children, the allied families and the nation as a whole.

 

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