Report reaching the world today is that former President Jerry John Rawlings is dead.

According to reports, former president Rawlings’ sudden death occurred early hours of today, November 12, 2020 at the Korle-Bu Teaching hospital in Accra- Ghana.

Sources that disclosed the news also stated that the former president died of suspected Covid 19 and was on admission at the Korle-Bu teaching hospital for treatment but unfortunately, he passed.

The news has gotten the country into a state of shock today. The last time Rawlings was spotted in public was in late October during the burial ceremony of his mother who died at the age of 101. He was 73 years.

Various national leaders from across the globe have joined Ghanaians and the family of the deceased to pay their last respect to the ex-president of Ghana.

President Nana Akuffo Addo has expressed his deepest condolence in a statement release to the family and the country at large.

Liberian president Gearge Weah also poured out a tribute in honour of ex-president J.J. Rawlings and Nigerian president Nigeria also shared his condolences to the bereaved family and to Ghanaians.

 

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Former military leader and politician Rawlings was born in June 22, 1947 in Accra, Ghana. He attended Achimota College and from there, he was enrolled in a military academy all in Accra, Ghana.

He then joined the Ghana Air Force in the late 1960s where he was transferred to the western region of Ghana to continue his education.

Following his graduation, he was assigned the position of a Pilot Officer and achieved the rank of rank of Flight Lieutenant in April 1978.

In 1979, the head of military Junta Rawlings and his military officers staged a coup on may 15, 1979 against the then incumbent government led by General Fred Akuffo five weeks prior to a democratic election but he failed and was arrested.

He then founded the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) which comprised of 15 junior officers including him and ruled for 112 days.

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Rawlings arranged the execution of eight military officer by firing squad including Ignatius Kutu Acheampong, General  Akuffo and Afrifa claiming their government was corrupt and caused the deterioration of the country’s progress.

He later handed over peacefully to president Hilla Liman who was the leader of People’s National Party (PNP) in September 1979. In December 31 1981

Rawlings overthrown Hila Liman accusing him of economic hardship and took back power as the Chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC).

Mrs. Cecilia Koranteng-Addow, Justices Frederick Poku-Sarkodie and Kwadwo Agyei Agyepong were amongst the victims arrested and brutally murdered.

Eleven years later, ex-president Rawlings resigned from the military and established the National Democratic Congress.

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Rawlings later served two presidential terms in Ghana

One thing is for sure history will forever remember J.J. Rawlings because of the part he played in Ghana’s history.

Ghanaians have divided opinion about Rawlings. Some Ghanaians see him as a hero to the family members he brutally murdered during his bloody coups the scars are a constant reminder.

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Ex-president Rawlings left behind wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman and four children, Zanetor Rawlings, Amina Rawlings, Yaa Asantewaa Rawlings and Kimathi Rawlings

 

According to Ghana Daily Graphic , the state has formally charged celebrity broadcaster, Kwasi Kyei Darkwah (KKD) with rape even though the alleged 19-year-old victim has indicated she was no longer interested in pursuing the case.

The state is however yet to serve KKD with a summary of the evidence gathered.

This came to light when the case was called at the Kaneshie Magistrate Court in Accra Thursday morning. The case was subsequently adjourned to Thursday January 29, 2015 to enable the prosecutors serve KKD with a summary of the evidence and the bill of indictment for his lawyers to study. 

Graphic Online’s correspondent in court, Nana Konadu Agyeman reported that the prosecution asked for the case to be adjourned for one week when it was called Thursday morning.

After KKD is served, the committal proceedings would continue after which the case would move from the Magistrate Court to a higher court.  

KKD was present in court. He wore a blue suit with a blue and white striped tie. His iconic hat was however missing.

The Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court last week granted bail in the sum of GhȻ20,000 with two sureties to KKD on humanitarian grounds after 19 days on remand.

Withdrawal of rape case

It would be recalled that the 19-year-old lady at the centre of rape case against KKD wrote a letter that she was no longer interested in pursuing the case.

She communicated her decision to the police and made copies of the letter available to the prosecutors, the Registrar of the court and the Chief Justice.

The two page-letter, signed by the victim and issued on January 12, 2015 called on the authorities to stop the case, as she would not co-operate in the trial.

KKD’s apology

In a statement signed and issued in Accra by KKD on January 13, 2015, he asked the public to forgive him for the ridicule and disgrace he had caused to his family and that of the victim.

He blamed his shortcoming on what he described as “fleeting pleasure of the flesh” and acknowledged that he had sinned and prayed for God’s forgiveness.

He also expressed deep regret for the harm he had done the young victim and asked the media to spare her, her family and his from further agony.

Arrest

KKD was arrested at the African Regent Hotel on Saturday , December 27, 2014 following the alleged rape.

He was sent to court for the first time on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 and placed in police custody at the Airport Police Station.

He was charged with rape but he denied the allegations, saying the sexual encounter with the victim had been ‘consensual.’

He was first put before the Kaneshie District Magistrate Court on December 30, 2014 following his arrest.

The court, presided over by Mrs Adwoa Akyaama Ofosu, remanded him in police custody on the grounds that rape charges were non-bailable.

The court said the issue of consent and non-consent in a rape case would be determined at the trial stage and not at the magistrate court. For the full  details click here.

Credit: Ghana Daily Graphic