Former president Jerry John Rawlings marked the 37 commemoration of the June 4 uprising in Accra on Saturday where he bemoaned Ghana’s development, particularly concerning its political and social efforts in the past year.
He decried the extent of political and social disorder exhibited over the past 12 months which he described as slowly eating up the country like a “tumor”.
“Developments over the past year on both the political and social front have once again exposed the extent of political and social disorder and dishonesty that is eating our country up like a malignant tumor,” he said.
The former president regretted how some people he described as “cowards” would want to meet his outspoken stance against corruption with disdain and abuse.
“I have spoken a few times about these serious observations and received the usual abuse and tribulations from cowards who in their delusion assume their ill-acquired wealth makes them untouchable regardless of the power and conviction of the ordinary hardworking and liberal people of this country.”
Rawlings also lamented the degradation of the environment which he said was a reflection “of the poor standard and authority of a government”.
He expressed the opinion that the abuse of Ghana's water bodies through the dumping of non-degradable waste like plastics, metals, chemicals and other poisonous materials was alarming.
The former president again expressed his concern about the abuse of water bodies in the name of illegal mining saying the situation was: “further exasperated by the senseless abuse of our rivers and lakes for the new found craze for illegal mining.
“It is tragic to see rivers such as Ankobra, Pra, Offin and parts of the Volta that used to provide clean potable water to huge communities now turn into a flow of mud and grime,” he added.
The June 4 uprising was led in 1979 by Flt Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings who accused the Supreme Military Council regime of General F K. Akuffo of massive corruption.