Four Years After His Death As He Rates Daughter & Wife Over Everybody
Death, it is said, ends everything, but for Ghana’s former President, John Jerry Rawlings, the death of John Evans Atta Mills, on July 21, 2012, has not changed anything or ended the feud between them, as he finds time to verbally punch the late president in his grave nearly four years after joining his ancestors.
Speaking to GHOne’s Nana Aba Anamoah in an exclusive interview, the former military ruler, who has a habit of falling out with most of his trusted friends, lieutenants and aides, despite previously tagging as men of integrity, claimed the late President Atta-Mills, promised to award people, who insulted and fabricated things about him with jobs.
The Founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), sought to explain the reasons for the fallout in his relationship with the late President Atta-Mills, suggesting the late law professor by his actions, undermined him and his family.
“No, I don’t miss him at all and I would take off my glasses for you to see my face…when I look at him [Mills] and look at this John [Mahama] there have a few commonalities, but this John [Mahama] did not line up people on the promise of a job when you insult and fabricate things against me, wife and my family as Mills did, but this one has not done that, but that is not to say that I don’t think that he is also not going astray,” former President Rawlings said.
Mr. Rawlings, who emerged on the political scene with lots of friends fell out with most of them.
They include Kojo Tsitaka, Captain Boakye Gyan, Major Courage Quashigah, Goosie Tannoh, Kwesi Botchway, Yao Graham, Ekow Spio-Gabrah, Kwamina Ahwoi and Ato Ahwoi, PV Obeng, Dr. Obed Asamoah, Tsatsu Tsikata, Akoto Ampaw, Akunu Dake, Prof. Kwame Karikari, Prof. Kofi Awoonor, Kwesi Aidoo, Christ Atim, Nyaya Yen, Bartels Hutcheson, George Pattinton, Lt. Richter Addo, Vincent Asise, Dr. Tony Aidoo, Matthew Adabuga, Harry Sawyerr, Cecilia Johnson among others.
Indeed, after falling out with the then vice president, the late Kow Nkensen Arkaah in 1996, former President Rawlings, went for John Atta Mills to partner him in the 1996 general elections. Rawlings’ trusted Mills and unilaterally made him the NDC’s flagbearer for the 2000 Presidential election; his decision became known in political circles as the “Swedru Declaration”.
Some leading members of the NDC, kicked against this, leading to a slit in the NDC, and the birth of the National Reform Party (NRP), led by Goosie Tannoh, Kyeretwie Opoku, Dr. David Pessie, among others.
It was most surprising, when Mr. Rawlings, took on his former Vice President, Atta-Mills, describing him among other things as “Konongo Kaya” meaning a head porter, who is not prepared to carry a load, yet will prevent others from doing so.
Continuing the interview with, Mr. Rawlings, who shunned the NDC 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary Campaign, also held the view that, the late President’s demise, was good omen for the ruling party, as it gave the NDC, the needed boost to win the 2008 general elections.
“If God hadn’t invited him, NDC, would have gone to opposition. It was terrible. The climate was really bad for us. It was his departure that gave NDC a saving grace to John, but I think he could have done much better for us.”
In the interview, the former President, wished the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) well in the upcoming presidential elections, saying Nana Akufo-Addo, has a good chance of winning the November 7, 2016, polls just like other candidates in the race.
“I would say Nana Akufo-Addo, is one hell of a bold character and I wish him well, and I wish the other leaders, including John Mahama, also well.
“Let us just make sure we play it fair,” Mr. Rawlings told Nana Aba Anamoah, host of State of Affairs on GHOne TV in an interview.
The former president, however, said he doubts if President John Mahama is fighting corruption as he claims.
“Well, he [Mahama] says he is fighting corruption effectively, I don’t think so, I think he could have done much much better,” he stated.
On his daughter, the former President Rawlings, said nothing can stop his daughter, Zanetor Rawlings, from achieving her ambitions, adding his daughter is made of steel and can withstand the pressure.
“We hardly find time to sit to examine what is going on. Zanetor is a strong lady. Whether they accept her or reject or the court takes a decision in her favour or not, I think she is ready for either. I am saying so, because her aspirations, cannot be blocked by winning or losing this case,” Rawlings stated.
According to the former President, the outcome of the court ruling regarding her eligibility to contest the Klottey Korle seat, will not dissuade her from improving the living conditions of her constituents.
The incumbent Klottey Korle MP, Nii Armah Ashitey, is in court challenging the propriety of the daughter of former President Rawlings to contest the seat on the ticket of the NDC, since she is not a registered voter.
The Electoral Commission (EC), has confirmed that Dr. Rawlings, is not a registered voter in Ghana. The High Court, is yet to make a final determination as to whether Zanetor, can contest the seat on the ticket of the ruling party come November.
In court on Friday, Lawyers for Dr. Zanetor Rawlings, led by Edudzi Tamakloe, challenged the jurisdiction of the High court to hear the case, saying such constitutional matters, should be left with the Supreme Court to interpret.
According to the motion filed by Dr. Zanetor’s counsel, the High Court, lacked jurisdiction over the matter due to the constitutional interpretation being sought.
They further argued that, the entire action brought before the court is premature. The High Court last month dismissed a similar motion brought by Zanetor Rawlings.
It is interesting to note that, the same lawyer, had made similar arguments before the same court, but was thrown out by the trial judge, Justice Kweku Ackaah-Boafo.
Meanwhile, Gary Nimako Marfo, lawyer Nii Armah Ashietey, has disclosed to the court that he has an audio recording of Zanetor’s lawyer, declaring his strategy to deliberately waste the courts time.
The EC, which also mentioned that it has no records of the Zanetor Rawlings as a register Ghanaian voter, is expected to open for a limited registration exercise
and claims are that, there is scheme to have Zanetor registered during the exercise.
It appears, Mr. Rawlings, is counting on that as the only means to have his daughter constitutionally recognized as a candidate.
Many have also speculated that, the court is likely to declare Klottey Korle NDC parliamentary primaries null and void, the EC, will open for the limited
registration exercise, Zanetor will get registered and then contest the primaries and get elected as the Parliamentary candidate.
It is not clear, whether the party will be overlooking the cardinal clause in its guidelines that the prospective candidate, should have been an active member of the party, and taking part in all its activities.