- A former driver to Former President Rawlings, Braimah Issaka, has disclosed that former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, was powerless during her husband's military regime
- According to Issaka, Konadu used to sell T-shirts to help feed the family
A former military driver of Former President Rawlings, Braimah Issaka, has dispelled claims that the former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, was influential during the revolutionary days.
Speaking on Kofi TV, Issaka disclosed that Konadu used to sell T-shirts to support the family.
According to him, “she may be powerful and influential now, but during the early days, we didn’t see that. Konadu used to print T-shirts for us to sell at 37.
What power did she have at the time? She only used to print T-shirts and it was from the same money she used to eat,” he stated.
He went on to say that Konadu had no real power, and she was even barred from entering the People’s National Defense Council (PNDC) headquarters at that time.
Issaka added that Rawlings, on the contrary, could stay at Burma Camp for a week before returning home.
“She was totally powerless, she couldn’t order soldiers about, she couldn’t say, ‘go and do this operation for me’, so she only probably had power over her husband.
That one is between them, but talking about power to change things or influence policies in Ghana at the time, it was never the case," he claimed.
Former President Jerry John Rawlings assumed office as Head of State following a military coup in 1979, which toppled the government of Dr. Hilla Limann.
He then won elections in the year 1992 as president, and subsequently handed over to Former President Kufuor in the year 2000.
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