Daughter of soldier who died in June 4 coup dares JJ to stand for prosecution

Daughter of soldier who died in June 4 coup dares JJ to stand for prosecution

Former president JJ Rawling is calling for the repeal of the 1992 constitution's indemnity clause that makes it impossible for coup makers to be prosecuted, but a daughter of s soldier killed in one of Rawlings coup is taunting the former leader.

The 1992 Constitution contains an indemnity clause that gives immunity to perpetrators of treasonous crimes so that they are not charged post-1992, but former president Jerry John Rawlings wants the nation to relook at that and possibly, scrap it.

However, Myjoyonline.com reports that a daughter of a murdered army general during the June 4 coup of 1979, is daring Jerry Rawlings to reject the immunity he currently enjoys under the indemnity clause so that he too can face the law.

Esther Wellington, a daughter of Major General Odartey Wellington, maintains that the manner in which her father was killed by soldiers loyal to Rawlings, was illegal.

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In an interview with Joy News, Ms. Wellington was quoted as saying: “What I know is [that] my father was killed illegally. There were other heinous crimes perpetrated in that era [so] everybody who was involved in that has to face the full rigours of the law."

Former president Rawlings at the 40th anniversary commemoration of June 4, 1979, called for a complete overhaul of the constitution of the Fourth Republic because according to him, it no longer serves the interest of the people.

The former president said: “This will ensure that everyone is equal before the law, encouraging transparency, accountability and responsible governance."

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The coup of 1979 revolt arose out of what historians have called a combination of corruption, bad governance, frustration among the general public, and lack of discipline and frustrations within the Ghanaian army.

Then military government Supreme Military Council (SMC II) was overthrown by the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council with the young army officer, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings as its leader.

But when the country returned to democratic governance in 1992, framers of the constitution inserted provisions that indemnify all coup makers and their functionaries, against any prosecution for the sake of peace.

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