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Rawlings” Writes To The Crusading Guide 6/23/2007
Dear Ghanaians, As I celebrate my 60th birthday today, I wish to take the opportunity to share a few thoughts with you. I have chosen a medium that will surprise many of you – The Crusading Guide. The editor of the paper, Kwaku Baako Jnr, delights in trying to provoke me to Boom by saying untrue things about me and my family.

I have chosen this paper because I want to use it as a platform to debate him, now I will have the time. First, I want to thank God or my life, for good or bad. I have been through a few close shaves in life, but I believe that he (God) has a plan for me and has made me stay alive till today. I believe that it is God who makes one, King. I will focus on the contents of his open letter starting from Ghana’s Force Republican constitution. If I am to go through June 4th, 1979 through December 31, 1981, I would raise certain issues which will take all of us back to the bomb-throwing days in the 1950s.

I, Jerry John Kwashie Rawlings, born June 22, 1947, like every human being, is not perfect. But as I look back, I believe that Ghana’s future was secured by the historic handover of our National Democratic Congress (NDC) government to the then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) on January 7, 2001. We were aware that we were losing political power but why should we put the whole country through unnecessary pain, turmoil and destruction by attempting to find faults, not to accept defeat. We did not learn from events that led to our defeat in 2000, we faced the NPP with a fragile and disunited party for the 2004 elections.

We lost again and we go into next year’s elections, which I consider very very crucial. For the two main parties (NPP & NDC), a defeat will have dire consequences with regards to their unity. I am sure both parties will want to open their ‘eyes widest’ to avoid any electoral malpractices.Ghana, as a country, we have moved on. The NDC and the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) have made mistakes. In the same vein, the Popular Front Party (PFP) and the NPP have made mistakes. But I do not believe that they were made with the intention of destroying Ghana.

This is the end of Part One of my open letter. Part Two will be written to commemorate the 53rd birthday of Kweku Baako on July 7, 2007. I still remember him as the youngest in the group in the 1970s where we used to do all sorts of ‘crazy’ things (you ask him).

Best wishes


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