Ghana’s former President, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings has stated that the 1966 military intervention did not come as a surprise to many because of the unhealthy and oppressive atmosphere that existed in the country at the time.
He also described as not good enough, the current democratic dispensation, which does not have effective instruments to contain corruption and remove socio-economic injustice.
At a meeting on Wednesday with family members of late National Liberation Council (NLC) member, Anthony Kwashie Deku,, President Rawlings also stressed that the best way of preventing military interventions is through proper governance, integrity and accountability.
“The Ghana Armed Forces as I used to know it is an institution with a very high level of integrity and quite frankly much as we are happy with the fact that military interventions are becoming events of the past we also must wake up to the fact that the proper way of preventing those interventions is through proper governance, maintaining integrity in government and remaining accountable to the people.
“You don’t prevent military intervention through destroying the code of ethics and code of discipline in that institution (military).”
Flt Lt Rawlings cautioned against the culture of denial and dishonesty, asserting that while there was no doubt that Dr. Kwame Nkrumah did a wealth of good for Ghana, power has its way of corrupting us.
“Nkrumah was and is a man we admire, respect and revere for what he stood for but sometimes some of us end up in a state of denial and want to refuse the fact that power has its way of corrupting.”
“Let us not be so dishonest, so unethical, so immoral as to pretend we didn’t know what brought about 66, what brought about 72 and what brought about June 4 and the subsequent follow up, 31st December.
“Mind you I am not saying that the opposition did not harass and make things almost ungovernable for Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, but at the same time his machinery of state security apparatus went so far as to create a rather unhealthy and oppressive atmosphere. He therefore made the military and police intervention of 1966 a very welcome intervention for Ghanaians,” the former President said.
He said what Mr. Deku and his colleagues did in 1966 was a very bold action.
Former President Rawlings expressed concern that the corrective input military interventions have impacted on our political, economic and social life is something we still have not been able to replace with some of our constitutional institutions.