Don't bury Rawlings till we win power - NDC Chairman

The Upper East Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Donatus Akamugri has called on government to put on hold any plans to bury former President Jerry John Rawlings before the elections.

Late Jerry John Rawlings

He said the founder of the NDC will be buried inly if the party wins the upcoming December 7 polls.

At a vigil in honour of the late military leader in Bolgatanga, Mr Akamugri said: “Rawlings must be buried when we are in power”.

According to him, “if he had wanted to be buried, then he should have been called to eternity before the period of elections”, however, “We had three weeks to elections when he died, so, his soul will not rest in peace if we have to bury him when an election is just around”.

“And he was eager to cast his vote for his party and once he has passed away and the election has not been done, we believe that he wants us to win election and bury him.


“Left with us, if we don’t win the election, Rawlings is supposed to be kept until NDC comes back to power and, then, we will bury him”, he told the audience at the vigil.

“And surely”, he added: “This election, we will win it because, with the spirit of Rawlings, with the way he has contributed to this country and the people seeing what he has done and even his opponents now calling him an angel, they would do him an honour for his party to come back to power and then bury him”.

“So, we are calling on everybody in this country, including our party members and those who are giving tributes to Rawlings as a good person, to give him the best tribute by making sure that the NDC wins the election and, then, his party will be in power and bury him. That is when he will go to his Maker without any hindrance or hurt in him,” Mr Akamugri said.

Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings died at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra on November 12.


Rawlings was born in Accra in June 1947, to a Ghanaian mother and a Scottish father.

He came to global prominence in 1979 when, as an army lieutenant, he ousted General Frederick Akuffo as president.

Rawlings relinquished power soon after, handing over to civilian rule, but orchestrated another coup two years later, citing corruption and weak leadership.

From 1981 to 1993, Rawlings ruled as chairman of a joint military-civilian government. In 1992 he was elected president under a new constitution, fully assuming the role the following year.

Despite the military takeovers, Rawlings oversaw Ghana's transition to multi-party democracy and is often viewed as the man behind one of Africa's most democratic nations.


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