The African continent has been thrown into mourning as one of its greatest leaders and Ghana’s ex-president Jerry Rawlings. He was 73 years.
Rawlings reportedly died from complications of COVID19 at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana, on Thursday, November 11.
He was said to have recently buried his mother, Victoria Agbotui, at Dzelukope in the Volta Region on October 24, 2020. She died at age 101 on September 24, 2020.
Rawlings was the ruler of Ghana from 1981 to 2001. He had led a military regime until 1992. He later served two terms as the democratically elected president of Ghana. When it failed, he was imprisoned, publicly court-martialed, and sentenced to death.
Rawlings initially handed power over to a civilian government but took back control of the country on 31 December 1981 as the chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC). Then he resigned from the military, founded the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and became the country’s first president of the Fourth Republic.
The enigma was re-elected in 1996 for four more years. After two terms in office, the limit according to the Ghanaian constitution, he endorsed his vice-president John Atta Mills as a presidential candidate in 2000.
Rawlings will be remembered as the emancipator of Ghana. He is survived by his wife and children.