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RIP: Former Ghana President Jerry Rawlings

RIP: Former Ghana President Jerry Rawlings

Ghana is remembering former President Jerry Rawlings, an iconic figure who died Thursday in the capital, Accra, at the age of 73.

Rawlings twice seized power in military coups, alleging government corruption, on his way to winning two terms as president before leaving office in 2001.

Rawlings continued to hold political sway in Ghana while assuming diplomatic duties. Rawlings is credited with ushering in multiparty democracy in Ghana and boosting the country’s economic profile through investments.

President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a statement on Rawlings’ death that "A great tree has fallen, and Ghana is poorer for this loss.”

Akufo-Addo’s main rival in the Dec. 7 election is the leader of Rawlings’ party, John Mahama, a former president defeated by Akufo-Addo four years ago, along with candidates from smaller parties.

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-3 #1 WADADA rogers 2020-11-13 12:49
This guy is part of African Dictators who think they own the countries in which they live and plunder resources as if it were personal property.
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+2 #2 Nseka Mali 2020-11-13 13:57
Very very sad for Africa that this icon of a successful former president has gone!
Rowlings was a true African hero an African of sanity can identify with...
Not the miriad African corrupt thieves!
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+3 #3 Jonathan 2020-11-13 14:40
May the Almighty Lord reward him where he performed well and forgive him where he went wrong.
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+1 #4 Kabayekka 2020-11-14 05:40
This military leader of Ghana has gone to join in heaven the so called 5 or 6 corrupt African Ghana leaders Raulings ordered to be shot in public to try and stop African corruption.

One was, one reckons, an African lady with a womb in her guts!
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+1 #5 Juwait kali 2020-11-14 13:02
Rest in power!!!
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+1 #6 Kirya 2020-11-14 19:47
The wrong man died .It shuold have been the thug dictator of Uganda who is trying to take over our country by promoting mass settlements of Tutsi killers
in Uganda.
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0 #7 Kambarage 2020-11-16 11:54
Quoting Kabayekka:
This military leader of Ghana has gone to join in heaven the so called 5 or 6 corrupt African Ghana leaders Raulings ordered to be shot in public to try and stop African corruption.

One was, one reckons, an African lady with a womb in her guts!


No amount of corruption can justify open murder.

He should have imprisoned and charged them with corruption so that they receive proportional punishment. This was open air murder by a power hungry leader of a coup d'etat.
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0 #8 Lakwena 2020-11-16 13:15
Quoting Kabayekka:
This military leader of Ghana has gone to join in heaven the so called 5 or 6 corrupt African Ghana leaders Raulings ordered to be shot in public to try and stop African corruption.

One was, one reckons, an African lady with a womb in her guts!


But Kabayekka, there is no heaven for dictators.

In other words, all revolutionaries/freedom fighters are organized murderers.
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0 #9 Akot 2020-11-16 14:31
Kirya, understood, but,

Can you imagine the situation if it was Museveni dead;

- leaving Ugandans in the tribalistic system,

- with 3+ opposition leaders dividing an already
tribally divided & ruled Ugandans & each want to
replace him,

- police/army that belongs to him & Ugandans are the
enemies,

- electoral commission that's ensuring his victory,

- parliament that work for him & not for electorate &

- with Museveni's military son already prepared to
take the dad's place!
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