Parliament praised late President of Ghana, Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings, the founder of The 4th Republic and founder of the National democratic Congress (NDC).
The House described him as a “true son of Africa and a peace builder in Africa, Ghana under his Leadership was the first African country to move into Liberia to stop the carnage during the civil war”.
The Leader of The Minority Group, Haruna Iddrisu in a tribute stated that Rawlings has been credited for giving strength and validity to the so-called African “Constitutional Revival” starting from the 1990s.
“Prof. H. Kwasi Prempeh, Executive Director of the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), writing in 2007, cited Rawlings’ handover of power after his second term as leading the way for the institutionalization of the Presidential Term-limit in Africa, with Kenya’s Daniel Arap Moi, Zambia’s Frederick Chiluba, and Malawi’s Bakili Muluzi immediately following in line”.
According to Mr. Iddrisu, “Today, Ghana is the oasis of peace in a troubled West African Sub-region. Our democracy continues to chalk successes year in, year out, making us the beacon of hope for constitutional rule on the African continent. The credit for this rare length of political peace and stability with concomitant economic growth goes to the extensive and all-inclusive consultations Rawlings fostered through the tireless work of the National Commission for Democracy (NCD)”.
The statement also recognized the widow, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, as an important force in Ghana’s democratic evolution; his children, one of whom is our very own, Dr. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, Member for Klottey-Korle; the Agbotui, Tamakloe and allied families and the Rawlings family of Castle Douglas, Scotland.
As a native of Dzelukope-Keta in the Volta Region and proud of his Ghanaian heritage, he accepted the honour and was enstooled as a chief by the chiefs and people of Anlo with the stool name, Togbuiga Nutifafa in December 2018.