Former president, Jerry John Rawlings has described his former vice and late president, John Evans Mills as “disappointing” and “shallow”. Mr Rawlings expressed frustration about how the administration of the late professor had the opportunity to correct some wrongs but rather messed things up.
Mr Rawlings was addressing a delegation from the Association of Cuban Trained Ghanaian Professionals at his residence on Tuesday. According to him, Ghanaians were yearning for the return of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) into power after 8 years under the John Agyekum Kufuor led New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.
He said: “We did everything possible to lift up this country and that’s why people kept wishing we were back. But as soon as we handed over, the guy turned the wheels 180 degrees. Some of the most outrageous things were happening. I remember trying to tell Mills and giving him details about some of the issues, but it surprised me though that for a brilliant man like him, he couldn’t see. He was so shallow."
According to the former president, crime perpetuates itself if not dealt with it, and how Mills couldn’t see through this is something he couldn’t understand. To that end he described late President Mills as disappointing. “But our brother Mills had been so badly persuaded. As he put it to me, he had been advised to let things be and the money will flow. Mills was disappointing. Some of your so-called intellectual creatures are dumb, ” he said.
According to classfmonline.com Rawlings also said the country has deteriorated and spoke highly of the era when he was head of state. He described his 1979 coup as a time of rage and his return to power 81 as a time to work to consolidate situations very well and proper. According to him, he made a suggestion to his colleagues that considering that people were becoming saturated with them or with him, Justice Annan should take over while he, Rawlings stepped aside.
"He (Justice Annan) can serve four years or eight years then I could come back and that will be sixteen years of consolidation because what we had noticed was that his characters will destroy anything and everything, so let’s not allow it. Some of my comrades said no and that it’s never been done before. Is that not what Putin did recently? We would have been the first to do it here. That would have helped to consolidate, because quite often, we make reference to institutions, but the institutions rely on the human factor and if those human entities are not bold enough to defy that which is wrong that institution will be weak; am I lying?” he asked.