I was picked up like a rabbit; jailed for 1 year 3 months after 1972 coup - Kufuor

I was picked up like a rabbit; jailed for 1 year 3 months after 1972 coup - Kufuor

- Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has revealed how certain actions he failed to take as a member of the Busia government resulted in their overthrow

- He revealed that members of the Busia government were not outspoken enough

- Kufuor who admonished the members to be vocal on national issues admitted that his silence at the time did not help the PP government

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Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has revealed how certain actions he failed to take as a member of the Busia government resulted in their overthrow few days after Christmas in 1972.

President Kufuor who served as a Deputy Minister in the Busia administration revealed that members of the Busia government were not outspoken enough.

Recollecting past events during a courtesy call on him by members of the Kufuor Scholarship Foundation he said:

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“I think the things that contributed or made it easy for the coup makers to succeed, was that, perhaps, we were not critical enough.

We were not outspoken, we deferred too much to leadership. I was one of the people who just didn’t speak up,” he recalled the events that terminated the Second Republic.

With the Busia government tossed out of power, the military took to the arrest and detention of members of the administration.

Kufuor, then a 34-year-old politician, was one of those detained when the Busia government was tossed out of power, and the military took to the arrest and detention of members of the administration.

“I was picked up like a rabbit and put into detention. I stayed in Ussher Fort prison for one year [and] three months”.

Ex-president Kufuor who admonished the members of the foundation to be vocal on national issues admitted that his silence at the time did not help the PP government.

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In other news, the flag bearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama on Thursday, January 16, 2020, launched an electronic payment platform that will enable party members and sympathizers to contribute financially to the 2020 campaign.

Speaking at the launch at the Trade Fair Centre in Accra, the former president said the innovation is also to ensure transparency of how political parties are funded in the country.

The electronic payment platform will help the NDC mobilize funds through the collection of dues and also an easy and simple way for non-party members to make contributions to the party’s cause.

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