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Opinions Mon, 21 Jun 2010

Rawlings Calls For Restoration of Justice from Kufuor

There is a saying that “those who live in glass houses don’t throw stones”

but if you live in a fortified mansion, protected by the full state armoury

and even if within a twinkle of an eye, your house gets burnt down without

any trace of the perpetrator and the state can give you a new house without

having to pay a pesewa, it is easy to say whatever you want say. More so, if

you live in a country where almost seventy five percent of the population

are cowards and are proud to disguise it as peace-loving and because of

that they are prepared to put up with any lies you preach to them, it is

always easier to talk as much as you like. Recently, Mr Rawlings said he

wanted justice from Kufuor before he would reconcile with him and that was

when the Asantehene invited them both to his 60th Birthday Service. The

question is why should it become former President Kufuor’s duty to seek

reconciliation with Mr Rawlings? As a Christian, I would say it is the right

thing to do but if Rawlings feels too big to need it, Mr Kufuor why do you

worry yourself? Today, he calls for justice because for him, whoever

performed their national duty to serve Ghana under Kufuor is corrupt and

they should all be imprisoned. What an attitude!

According to the gospel of Flt. Lt. Rawlings, who by the virtue of the

Ghanaian cowardice was allowed to misrule Ghana from 1979-2000, corruption

is defined as:

Anybody who owns property in Ghana no matter how hard you worked for it

(remember that Rawlings has never *owned a property* in Ghana in his life,

he lives in houses built by angels who are all his friends); if you are a

successful businessman or woman who worked hard for what you have; you are

law abiding and you respect the rule of law; you did not insert any

provisions in the Ghanaian constitution to absolve you from any crime or

corrupt action your leadership of the country has created; you did not

execute anybody without fair trial whether by military tribunal or the

courts of the land; you worked hard to educate your children without the

help of friends; you won elections through the ballot box without twisting

the electoral process in your favour; you would not allow yourself to be

manipulated and intimidated by him, Rawlings.

Mr Rawlings, you are found of using these two words interchangeably, Justice

and Corruption and I think the time has come for the bold Ghanaians to

challenge you on those. According to you on Ghanaweb on Thursday 3rd June

and I quote:

“People would be prepared to sacrifice and ensure economic pain they are

going through when they know no one is exploiting them”. At times you make

me sick when you use such words. What is exploitation? What did you do to

Ghanaians from 1979-2000? What did you do to hard working men and women who

crossed your path? What did you do to those who had businesses? Those who

had 50 Cedi notes? After you had shut down all those businesses, what did

you do? Didn’t your assets disposal cronies take all those businesses for

themselves? Did you ever understand the norm that these are people who had

worked all their lives to acquire those businesses but because you had the

rights to arms which they did not have, you took those assets free of

charge? Exploitation is “when a bully takes over all states assets and

distributes them to his friends without minding what would happen to the

rightful owners”.

You said and I quote: “*Let us be bold,* let us not allow ourselves to be

intimidated. Let us not allow those who compromise themselves to stand in

our way. Government must become more proactive to deal with the ills of

thieves because if we don’t they will begin to feel bold and will want to

come back and misbehave all over again” What an irony, this is where you are

hundred percent right. If Limann had listened to the word of wisdom, you

will not be preaching this sermon. If Limann had been bold and dealt with

your corruption for those three months, we would not have witnessed the most

inhumane government in our country’s history. For 19 years, you never

allowed anybody the right to express themselves; you turned our nation

upside down by destroying our educational system, the place where all

thinking and boldness is born. You use the word: Let us, and I want to know

whom you are referring to. Are you using US to mean those you deprived the

fundamental right to education or those who sing you praises all the time?

Ghanaians, Rawlings is telling you in the strongest of terms to be BOLD. If

you would be bold, then start with Rawlings himself because according to

Rawlings by the time Kufuor came to power, he had removed all the evil men

and women from our society and left the incoming president with only angels.

Listening to his sermons, you realize that for once, Ghana had a population

of well over 22million men and women who never had the corruption gene in

them. The truth of the matter is that this gentleman lives in a utopian

world where he says things in the direct opposite of his real behaviour, a

man who speaks from envy and bitterness. In order for you Ghanaians to know

the real Rawlings we are dealing with, let us travel the memory lane and

take a look at this. According to the Auditor General’s report for the

financial year ending 31st December 2000 there were cash irregularities in

the disbursement of the District Assemblies Common Fund amounting to ¢80

billion. In 1997, proceeds from the sale of state-owned companies amounting

to ¢134 billion were lost within the system by treating the funds under

different headings. The Auditor General’s report of 1992 lamented over how

the Bank of Ghana was swerved in the sale of millions of dollars worth of

tuna to Star Kist (USA) without the involvement of the Customs, Excise and

Preventative Service (CEPS). All these happened under Rawlings although it

is only when he is out of power that he claims to abhor corruption.( Source:

Adu,Kwasi Ghana web)

It is about time Ghanaians begin to consider issues by taking account of the

substance rather than outward appearance and play-acting. To say you are

looking for justice is an insult on the intelligence of the millions you

denied them justice. You stepped on every toe in Ghana, have you had the

courage to tell them you are sorry? Were you denied Justice when Boakye Djan

and company freed you from military custody in May 1979? Why did you deny a

similar thing to the senior military officers you single headedly murdered?

You can fool some of the Ghanaians most of the time but I bet you, you can’t

fool all Ghanaians all the time.

Kufuor has made a big mistake by looking for your friendship; to me it is

not worth it. You have demonstrated not to be statesman to deserve that.

Kufuor has no justice to give you because you have never accepted to have

offended anybody so why ask for justice? What has Kufuor done to you

personally that you want him to bow down before you as if you are God? When

you had the chance to accord justice to others, what did you do? You

murdered the Judges, the former heads of state like Afrifah, Acheampong,

Akuffo and hordes of innocent Ghanaians, you stripped women naked and your

soldiers played with their private parts, you denied innocent children their

parents but you kept yours and gave them the best education outside Ghana,

you destroyed the fundamentals of our educational system do you call that

justice?.

You are right, Ghanaians should be bold and they must ask you to give them

answers, especially the friends who educated your children in Ireland, the

insertion of the indemnity clause in the constitution, the sale of national

assets like the Black Star Line and all the GIHOC group of companies. Then

we shall know you hate corruption and that you deserve justice, but as long

as 49.77% of our population have no justice, Mr Rawlings you don’t deserve

any.

Source: K.Owusu-Ansah

Columnist: Owusu-Ansah, Kofi