Former Revolutionary leader and President of Ghana, Mr. Jerry Rawlings Thursday died at 73 years of an illness suspected to be covid-19 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) in Accra.
Ghanaweb, an authoritative news agency in Ghana, disclosed the death of Rawlings, however, said details of the former president’s death are still sketchy.
Patmos Media Line could tell you that circumstances surrounding Rawlings death is believed in Ghana to be sudden as he two weeks ago exactly October 24 buried his mother who died at the age of 104 and JJ as fondly called made a public appearance saluting especially youths who came to felicitate with him.
JJ was a public officer who believed in accountability but was surprisingly ousted via the ballot box in 2000.
Jerry John Rawlings was born in Accra on 22nd June, 1947, to a Ghanaian mother from Dzelukope, near Keta, in the Volta Region, and a Scottish father.
He was educated at Achimota School where he obtained his General Certificate of Education ‘O’ Level in 1966.
He enlisted as a Flight Cadet in the Ghana Air Force in August 1967, and was subsequently selected for officer cadet training at the Ghana Military Academy and Training School, Teshie, in Accra.
In March 1968, he was posted to Takoradi in the Western Region to continue his course.
On 31st December 1981, Flt. Lt. Rawlings led a section of the Armed Forces to overthrow the Peoples National Party administration. A Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC), composed of both civilian and military members, was established, with Rawlings as the Chairman.
Flt-Lt. Rawlings ceased to be a member of the Ghana Armed Forces with effect from September 14, 1992. He formed the National Democratic Congress, which contested and won the 1992 Presidential and Parliamentary elections. He and the party again won the 1996 elections.
His term of office ended in the year 2000.