Member of Parliament for (MP) for Klottey Korle and daughter of late former Ghanaian president, Jerry John Rawlings, Zanetor Rawlings has upheld her father’s legacy by spearheading this year’s June 4 celebration.
The June 4th Revolution or June 4th Uprising was an uprising in Ghana in 1979 that arose out of a combination of corruption, bad governance, frustration among the general public, and lack of discipline and frustrations within the Ghanaian army.
After the event took place on the designated date June 4, Zanetor Rawlings has now taken to social media to share beautiful pictures captured at the historical event.
Meanwhile, John Dramani Mahama delivered a lengthy speech to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the June 4 uprising which was masterminded by the late former President Jerry John Rawlings.
Chiefly dominating the speech is a swipe at the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP ) for their managerial ineptitude bundled up in economic hardship, insecurity, political and ethnic polarization, deepening inequality, the politicization of democratic institutions, corruption, serious problems in the education and health sectors.
A fragment of his speech read: “For the first time, the people of Ghana, comrades, supporters and sympathizers of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will commemorate the June 4 Uprising without the inspirational and arresting physical presence of the Founder of our party, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings (Rtd.), our former President, who departed from us last year.
“He was a key influence on Ghana’s history for the two decades straddling the late 70s till year 2000. The June 4 Uprising was an epochal event that represents a major landmark in our nation’s existence. Together with its sister event, the 31st December Revolution, the two shaped the course of Ghana’s history resulting in a turnaround in Ghana’s economic fortunes and the advent of the 4th Republic.
“Forty-two years on, our economy and democracy are in dire straits. Economic hardship, insecurity, political and ethnic polarization, deepening inequality, politicization of our democratic institutions, corruption, serious problems in the education and health sectors are challenges Ghanaians are confronted with in our daily lives.
“This has led to a crisis of confidence in the political leadership. Ghana is a country with exceptional human talent. Time is ticking fast and yet we can make things right if we work as one nation with a common destiny. As I have said in the past, broad consultations and consensus building does not take anything away from a leader.”
He added “Broad consultations that bring the best and brightest together with stakeholders can forge consensus around issues such as economic recovery strategy, or implementational challenges of Free SHS in the national interest.
“The values June 4 espoused some four decades ago, remain as relevant today as ever before in our nation’s democratic journey. June 4 engendered hope in our people that the ills of our society would be rooted out and replaced with values of virtue and honesty.
“If we must get our people to hope again and to trust in our institutions and government, then we must encourage “fearless honesty” as enjoined by our national anthem.