Professor Stephen Kwaku Asare alias Kwaku Azar has enjoined Ghanaians to ensure that former President Jerry John Rawlings does not continue to hijack the National Democratic Congress( NDC) and justify his crimes against the state by seeking to rewrite the history of the country.
“Ladies and gentlemen, it will shock you to know that during the Acheampong regime, the banking sector, especially the Ghana Commercial Bank, was plunged into unimaginable corruption.
The bank served as an avenue for cronies and a particular ethnic group to feed fat on loans without collateral. Sadly, these loans were never paid,” he claimed.
But Prof Azar contends that former President Rawlings is hiding under the immunity, clauses that protect past coup plotters from being prosecuted for their treasonous crimes, to justify his coups and rewrite history to suit him, urging Ghanaians to see it as a duty to stop persons like former President Rawlings.
“We have a solemn duty to ensure that those who hide under immunity blankets do not have the liberty to hijack a political party, enabled by a Constitution that frowns upon coups, to rewrite the history of the country, to justify and glorify military adventurism, to undermine ethnic cohesion, and to persist in assaulting the memories of those whose families lost life, liberty or property,” he underscored.
Coups are crimes against the state and come with severe punishment but the 1992 constitution provides, among others, that past coup plotters shall not be prosecuted for their crimes against the state in what is referred to as immunity clauses.
Many has criticised the continued commemoration of the Rawlings coups arguing that marking such days violate the principles of the constitution.