- Jerry Rawlings has described the indemnity clauses in Ghana's constitution as problematic
- According to the former president, the removal of the indemnity clauses will ensure everyone is equal before the law
Former president Jerry John Rawlings is calling for the review of the constitution to remove all the indemnity clauses that protects politicians and persons who hold high office from prosecution.
According to the former president, who benefitted from the indemnity clauses in the constitution, there are too many indemnity clauses preventing accountability.
“Over the years the indemnity clauses have emboldened certain characters to abuse their offices and profit themselves.
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"The constitution of the Fourth Republic was created by us, for us and to serve us, and in light of the 25 years, there is an unqualified need to reform or rewrite our current constitution. An urgent constituent assembly ought to be established with the necessary powers to rewrite the constitution,” Rawlings said while delivering the keynote address at a parade to mark the 40th anniversary of the June 4 uprising at Nungua on Tuesday.
“The constitution of the Fourth Republic was created by us, for us and to serve us, and in light of the 25 years, there is an unqualified need to reform or rewrite our current constitution,” the former president stated.
He noted that some of these laws must be removed to ensure that everyone is equal before the law.
The NDC founder also called for self-discipline. He opined that Ghana can only develop if citizens are discipline in everything we do.
“Let us all do a thorough introspection and identify where we fall short because we all do fall short one way or the other,” he urged.
“Our current sense of self-discipline is at its lowest ebb. Citizens do not feel responsible enough to keep their homes and communities clean. Many of us who lament about flooding during the rainy season are very guilty of the indiscretions that lead to the deadly floods. We dump refuse indiscriminately and wonder why drains choke. Some actually see the rains as an opportunity to dump refuse, believing the rainwater will sweep them away. If we continue this level of lawlessness, we are bound to face more serious flood disasters,” he added.
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