How Prof Ahwoi and others stopped Rawlings from executing Ghanaians

How Prof Ahwoi and others stopped Rawlings from executing Ghanaians

- Professor Kwamena Ahwoi says it took him and other advisers of the PNDC government for executions to stop in Ghana

- In his latest book, Working with Rawlings, Prof. Ahwoi revealed certain things about some key members of the PNDC/NDC era

- Prof. Ahwoi served as Minister for Local Government and Rural Development from 1990 to 2001

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The book, Working with Rawlings authored by National Democratic Congress (NDC) stalwart, Professor Kwamena Ahwoi, has generated a lot of controversies and public discourse following its launch.

In his new controversial book, Prof. Ahwoi recounted how he and other members of the Provisional National Defense Council (PDNC) government had to threaten the then head of state, Jerry John Rawlings, to get him to stop sanctioning the reckless executions.

He opined that, as advisers of Jerry Rawlings, they marched to him one morning and told him to end the executions or risk losing them.

How Prof Ahwoi et al stopped Rawlings from executing Ghanaians
Jerry John Rawlings Source: Facebook/Jerry John Rawlings
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Prof. Ahwoi recalled how Rawlings sacked them from his office but the executions ended all the same.

"I recount how a group of Rawlings’ closest advisers, including myself confronted him one early morning with a demand for him to “stop the executions” or risk our exit from his government. Though he did not give us any answer and literally “sacked” us from his office, he stopped signing death warrants that would have authorised the carrying out of the death sentences handed down by the public tribunals, thus effectively stopping the executions."

The book has also revealed and explained a lot of the happenings between 1992 to 2000 when Jerry John Rawlings was the leader of the country.

Ghana has a history of a lot of killings and executions in the coup eras.

According to history, Rawlings’ administration, prior to the introduction of democracy, saw a number of individuals being executed for crimes that were against the state’s progress.

Working with Rawlings made revelations of persons, including key members of the PNDC and NDC such as former president, Jerry John Rawlings, himself.

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Kwamena Ahwoi is a Ghanaian politician who served as Minister for Local Government and Rural Development from 1990 to 2001 in the NDC government during the reign of Jerry Rawlings. earlier reported that the General Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, revealed the party will launch its manifesto for the 2020 polls on August 22.

Speaking at a press conference in Accra on August 10, 2020, Boadu opined that Ghanaians should watch out for the NPP’s programs and policies that will drive development in the country.

"We ask you to look on that day to heartwarming policies detailing how with your support we will transform Ghana for the benefit of all," he said.

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