Evidently, former President Jerry John Rawlings is a person who divides views. It has also been said that an enigma is Rawlings. While some believe he was a liberator who rescued Ghana from the grip of corruption, others believe he was a tyrant who had no regard for people's rights and made economic decisions that ultimately landed the nation in HIPC in 2002.
It is also not shocking that there are conflicting opinions regarding his public record upon his death - as in his lifetime.
There are some who celebrate him for being their 'Junior Jesus' and there are those who, during his time as head of state, have condemned him for some pains he caused their parents and or relatives.
Today's GhanaWeb brings you five things that Rawlings didn't like or dislike to a degree.
It's the same subject that Rawlings rode on to stage the coup of 15 May 1979. Due to corruption, the AFRC "let the blood flow". It is also the same problem that on 31 December 1981 caused Rawlings to controversially overthrow the government of Limann.
But he told the visiting Queen Elizabeth in 1999, close to his departure as head of state, to ask the British government to help him fight corruption in his administration and public life in general.
His buzzwords were Truth, Probity, Transparency and Integrity. Sometimes, because those values cut both ways, his opponents are left in doubt as to what he means.
This contempt for corruption is what resulted in the 1979 assassination of former heads of state.
Rawlings said only recently that he did not understand why his critics say that in Akufo-administration Addo's he did not speak out against corruption. But corruption is the reason why Rawlings has repeatedly clashed with the administrations of Kufuor, Atta-Mills, and Mahama.
"When necessary, I will praise the NDC and criticize them when they go wrong as well. This does not mean that I hate the party. I just hate corruption," he said in 2017.
This disregard for corruption is what contributed to the assassination of former heads of state in 1979.
Rawlings said recently that he did not understand why his detractors say he did not speak out against corruption in Akufo-administration. Addo's But corruption is the reason why Rawlings has consistently clashed with the Kufuor, Atta-Mills, and Mahama administrations.
I'm going to compliment the NDC when necessary and condemn them when they go wrong as well This doesn't mean I hate the party. I just hate corruption,"When necessary, I will praise the NDC and criticize them when they go wrong as well. This does not mean that I hate the party. I just hate corruption,"I hate corruption.
Accra was once again called by the people in the Rawlings Circle in Madina. There wasn't a circle there at all at first - it was just an intersection. A roundabout was later built under Kufuor in the middle of the road to represent a circle.
There was talk of naming the University for Development Studies (UDS) after Rawlings in the Kufuor period, but this caused controversy, and the proposal has not yet materialized.
The Akufo-Addo administration wanted to name the University of Development Studies after him last year but a letter rejecting that offer was written by Rawlings's office.
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