Former president and founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Jerry Rawlings, rocked the stage in the 31 December movement to touch on various issues he believes are making the party suffer.
1. June 4th was never a coup de tat
Jerry Rawlings, first of all, refuted claims of the June 4th uprising being a coup de tat. Since the uprising, there have been reports and statements which show that the June 4th uprising was a subtle way by Rawlings to seize political power but the founder of the NDC argues; "The desire to die for mother Ghana was the driving force behind the revolution. It was a re-birth of the spirit of patriotism – the love of one’s country."
2. We have failed as a country to fight corruption
Speaking on the ills of corruption and social injustice, the vociferous former president stated that the ideals and principles of accountability have been lost in Ghana. According to him, "We have sunk so low as a country and we have betrayed the blood of all those who laid down their lives to stem the stinking tide of corruption that had engulfed Ghana over 30 years ago."
3. Politics is now a money-making business
According to Jerry Rawlings, politics in Ghana has now turned out to be an opportunity to amass wealth to oneself. Jerry Rawlings says politicians in Ghana today just don't worry about the development of Ghana. "Today our politics is one of patronage and dependence on cash cows. Some people have used the leadership opportunities offered them to acquire ill-gotten wealth, which they now use to manipulate us."
4. NDC to blame itself for 2016 election defeat
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) was in shock and anguish after the defeat of John Mahama in the 2016 elections. In fact, the party established a committee to investigate the cause of defeat. To this effect, the Kwesi Botchway report came out with some findings as to issues of corruption, abuse of power and affluent spending came up. But Jerry Rawlings summarized the defeat of the party this way: "Today our politics is one of patronage and dependence on cash cows. Some people have used the leadership opportunities offered them to acquire ill-gotten wealth, which they now use to manipulate us".
5. Foundation of NDC is crumbling
Jerry Rawlings also took the opportunity to assess the overall health of the party. According to him, grassroots participation in the party is suffering from the worrying intention of wealth creation and greed. "Our youth are being motivated by monetary influence rather than principles. Many have no clue about the ideals of the party and only see political association as an economic association, further emboldening the so-called kingmakers."
6. NDC is not about Jerry Rawlings
Many of us might think that Jerry Rawlings is the heart and soul of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC). But the former president thinks otherwise. During his speech in at 31 December, Jerry Rawlings insisted that the success of the party never depends on him. "This is not about Jerry Rawlings. This is about you and generations to come. Rawlings is not a faction and will never be. The ideals you believe in and for which I stand for and represent, are ideals that will stand the test of time no matter how long some choose to distort it with transient economic might. You have to be strong, steadfast and politically robust".
7. Nana Addo must check political vigilantism
Jerry Rawlings never failed to address some developments in the country under the presidency of Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo. According to Jerry Rawlings, the disturbing issue of pro-NPP vigilante groups must be dealt with seriously. "The rise of reckless vigilantism, which is breeding a new standard in lawlessness, has to be brought to book. Vigilantism perceived to be protected by political authority is a one-way road to a break down of law and order".
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