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Rawlings is a ‘foolish’ man – Major Boakye Gyan

Rawlings is a 'foolish' man - Major Boakye GyanOne of the architects of the June 4th uprising, Major(RTD) Osahene Boakye Gyan has described former President Jerry John Rawlings as a ‘foolish’, but a very honest and truthful man.

Major Boakye Gyan who spoke on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ programme on the commemoration of the June 4th uprising explained that Jerry John Rawlings was brought in to lead the June 4 after they (Osahene Boakye Gyan and other high ranking officers in the military) had led a successful uprising.

“He invited me for a meeting at the Continental Hotel where he told me about the need to go and takeover, and I said takeover what?” Major Boakye Gyan recalled on Okay FM.

According to Major Boakye Gyan, he asked him to stop the careless talk otherwise he will be a “cannon fodder”.

” . . one thing about him (Rawlings) is that he doesn’t lie . . . he’s a fool but he doesn’t lie,” he told Kwame Nkrumah.

Major Boakye Gyan who was asked to withdraw his detestable comment by the host (Kwame Nkrumah Tikese) noted that he has been charitable with him looking at the comments Rawlings made during the time.

Commenting on the June 4 uprising, Major Boakye Gyan noted that the uprising was for the whole African continent.

He added that though Nkrumah fought for the liberation of the whole African continent, they were still under the rule and control of the colonial masters.

“We used to have quiet meetings, so we needed to give it a political spin.

“Africa was not free though Nkrumah had led the independent struggle. We still were struggling to develop as a country and as a continent.

“Though we had been put in a commodity situation where annually we were free, we were not free to determine the prices of cash crops like cocoa and other commodities.

“We therefore decided to set up a secret movement know as the Free Africa Movement (FAM) which is what drove June 4 uprising,” he explained.


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