The Member of Parliament for the Korle Klottey constituency Dr. Zanetor Agyeman Rawlings has bemoaned the fact there is a seeming breakdown in the structures that are pillars of Ghana’s democracy.
She complained about the high level of intolerance, corruption and misapplication of the law sadly contributing to this decadence.
She bemoaned this sad situation while speaking at the 40th Anniversary commemoration of the 31st December Revolution in Accra on Friday, December 31, 2021.
“We are seeing a breakdown in the structures that keep our democracy alive; for those who know what it took to get to this point,” she said.
Dr. Agyeman Rawlings also complained that “there is poverty amidst plenty” in Ghana.
“It is almost as if there are two different worlds in Ghana, where some people don’t even know the level of suffering that is going on, and they cannot relate to it.”
The 31st December Revolution that was being observed, took place in December 1981, the act was led by Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings and it toppled the 3rd Republican Constitution, ushering in the Provisional National Defence Council, PNDC.
This was the second coming of Flt. Lt Jerry John Rawlings, who had staged an earlier coup d’etat on June 4, 1979, before handing over power to Dr. Hilla Limann of the People’s National Convention.
The 31st December Movement was a celebration for PNDC and NDC activists for several decades while the party was in power.
This story became a reference point for the party whiles in opposition against the John Agyekum Kufuor government.
Founder of the party, the late Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings, often delivered fiery speeches at the celebration. Since his passing into glory in 2020, the party has still maintained the celebration.
Taking his turn, Minority Leader and NDC lawmaker for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu told Ghanaians of the commitment of his side to continue to work in their interests.
The Odododiodo legislator, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, spoke on his behalf, said, “your Members of Parliament are solidly behind you.”
“We shall fight for you, we shall fight for mother Ghana, and we shall fight for the people of this country.”