Disturbed and heartily worried by the high rate of corruption spearheaded by many officials, including Heads of States, in the Ghanaian Political Climate, Jerry John Rawlings took it to a very high level. He was a man of action, than mere words, and indeed, his burning desire for transparency, accountability, justice, probity and integrity was manifested throughout his life on this very earth.
Romantic historians make it so explicit that "he came, he saw and he conquered". This description of his was the motivating factor that led to the screening of the country's messed up economy. He was so angry for justice, and he indeed did it without hesitation. Rawlings passed through a very painful ordeal as a Military Officer, and I believe this had a great impact on his desire for power in the country's political environment. He probably believed that although Ghana had regained its Political freedom (as Kenya's Pro. P.L.O Lumumba may put it), she was still suffering in another slavery in her own land. And the sad thing is that, her own people were piercing her so hard, and on a more serious note, deprived her of progress, prosperity and development, after overthrowing Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
After assuming power in the late 1970s, he realized that his predecessors were using the public office for their personal gains, hence, decided to punish all those found culpable in a very severe manner. Rawlings therefore introduced the "House Cleaning Project" purposely to fish out all corrupt officials and sanction them appropriately. This National Exercise also aimed at lifting the image of Ghanaians through a moral battle.
On his list featured two Former Heads of States, General Fred Akuffo, 42; and General A.A Afrifa, 43. Akuffo became the country's Head of State when Major General Ignatius Acheampong, the then Head of the Military Council was forced to resign. He led in the drafting of Ghana's New Constitution that paved way for Civil Governance.
Afrifa was the powerful Military Officer who organized high profile military officers to design a coup in 1966 to overthrow the then ruler, Kwame Nkrumah. After serving as a Head of State for three years, he stepped down for the emergence of a Civilian Government. Few moments after his resignation, he became a wealthy businessman. Akuffo and Afrifa both received their Military Training from Britain's Elite Sandhurst Military Academy.
Other officers include: Major General R.E.A Kotei, a Former Army Commander; Air Vice Marshal George Yaw Boakye, a Former Air Force Chief; and Admiral Joy Amerdume, Chief of the Navy. Among them was a Former Foreign Minisiter, Roger Felli.
These men were brought to the Firing Range in Army Trucks, and were then tied to stakes and shot simultaneously. It was witnessed by a large crowd at the Military Range on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean in June 1979.
Prior to that, Former Head of State, Major General Ignatius Acheampong; and Border Guard Commander, Major General E.K Utuka were executed by a Firing Squad.
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