-The decision by former President Kufuor to bury Ghana's first ever First Lady, Fathia Nkrumah in the same grave as her husband has been severely criticised by former President Rawlings.
-Mr Rawlings is of the opinion that the move was a desecration of Dr Nkrumah's grave which is demeaning to his legacy.
Former President Jerry John Rawlings has criticised his successor, J.A. Kufuor for demeaning the legacy Ghana’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah legacy.
Explaining what he meant my former President Kufuor demeaning Dr Nkrumah's, he pointed to the burial of his wife, Fathia at the same site saying it was a desecration of Dr Nkrumah's graveyard.
According to him, his successor only pretended to be mourning and honouring Ghana's first ever First Lady but in reality, he was turning the mausoleum into a family graveyard rather than a monument to honour Dr Nkrumah.
“…Many years later when Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s wife, Fathia Nkrumah also died former President Kufuor laid her coffin in the same dug out where Nkrumah had been buried and he feigned to have been mourning her and we all fell for it and joined in the mourning with our handkerchiefs wiping our tears. From that moment, that National Monument to honour that man became a family graveyard. Do you see how his grave was desecrated? ", he retorted.
He also criticised the successive presidents after, the late Professor J.E.A. Mills and John Mahama, 'who claim they are Nkrumahists" for not doing anything about their situation in their time.
For him, since the mausoleum was big enough, they could have dug a different grave or even build a new monument of the compound for Mrs Nkrumah.
"Ex Presidents Mills and Mahama claim they’re Nkrumahists, you have chopped into the man’s name. All these were done before your eyes while in power and they didn’t see? The compound is big, you could have dug a hundred and one holes and put Madam Fathia also there. Build a three story building there, you did not have to do that under the same monument under which Dr Kwame Nkrumah was,” he fumed.
The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum is a memorial park located at the Old Polo Ground in Accra, the exact location Dr Nkrumah stood to declare Ghana's independence.
Opened on July 1, 1992, under Mr Rawlings' PNDC government, it only housed the body of Dr Nkrumah and also served as a tourist attraction.
After the passing of Madam Fathia in 2007, the then Kufuor government agreed to have her buried beside her husband but his predecessor thinks it was wrong.
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