1992 constitution was drafted to ‘pamper’ Rawlings – Kabila fires

1992 constitution was drafted to ‘pamper’ Rawlings – Kabila fires

- CPP's Kabila has accused that the 1992 Constitution of Ghana was purely drafted to 'shield' J.J Rawlings

- The CPP man is calling for indemnity clauses in the Constitution to be amended

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A top member of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), James Kwabena Bomfeh, popularly known as Kabila, has disclosed that the judges who wrote Ghana’s 1992 constitution drafted it to satisfied former military leader, Jerry John Rawlings.

A young J.J Rawlings

Former Ghanaian military leader, Jerry Rawlings

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According to Kabila, though Ghana is priding itself of 25 years of uninterrupted constitutional rule, leaders must bear in mind that there are some indemnity clauses in the constitution that need serious amendment.

Speaking on Accra-based Peace FM which was monitored by YEN.com.gh, the CPP firebrand insisted that Ghana’s constitution must be transformed from being a mere transitional democratic document to a development-oriented document.

To him the 1992 constitution was drafted by a committee of judges to hand over total power to the then Chairman Rawlings, in disguise.

Kabila said though Ghana was ready in 1992 to transform from military rule to democratic government, the writers of the constitution for some strange reasons put in indemnity clauses purposely to protect and pamper the ex-leader for all ‘crimes and atrocities’ he committed against the nation.

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“Somebody committed serious atrocities years back in this country, and because of indemnity clauses we are told we cannot put him before court and question him no matter what,” the CPP man lamented.

The politician argued that because the creators of the constitution at the time wanted to appease Jerry Rawlings, all powers of the constitution were centralized and handed to the Executive, to make it look as though he was a democratic leader.

But in actual fact, Kabila said Rawlings was still exercising his military rule despite being elected as a democratic government leader.

He therefore called on President Akufo-Addo’s administration to immediately amend the indemnity clauses in the 1992 constitution in order to effect total freedom and justice for all.

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