Nana Serwaa Acheampong, daughter of Ghana’s ex-military leader Ignatius Kutu Acheampong, has described the death of former President Rawlings as “too easy and comfortable” as compared to the death of her father, Kutu Acheampong who died by firing squad at the instance of Rawlings.
For her, she feels cheated that she was denied the presence of her father during her childhood while children of Rawlings had him by their side and received fatherly care and protection from him.
She lamented that even though her father showed kindness to Rawlings, he killed him and others so mercilessly.
“Now he’s dead, and somehow I feel robbed, cheated because unlike my father, Rawlings’ death was too easy, too comfortable probably…
Now I think, his children and I are the same fatherless! But at least they grew up knowing their father, they grew up being provided for and protected by their father. So now we are not the same. Rawlings took my father away from me by firing squad, leaving me with no father to provide for me or protect me. Rawlings is dead and I feel cheated.
If there is an afterlife where you meet those who have gone before, I wonder what Rawlings will say to my father, who showed him kindness, and all the others he killed so ruthlessly,” he lamented.
Ms Acheampong disclosed that Rawlings while he was alive never showed remorse to all those he had caused pain, stressing that she feels nothing for him but only pities his children who have lost a father.
“In this life, Rawlings never acknowledged the pain he caused so many of us, never said sorry for our loss or showed remorse. Nothing! So Rawlings is dead, to me his death was too easy, too comfortable, unlike the death he gave my father and countless others.
Aside from this I feel nothing about the man, except pity for his children who now know the pain of losing a father,” she concluded.
In 1979, Ignatius Kutu Acheampong, who was the Head of State, was killed by firing squad after Rawlings’s military junta overthrew him. He was killed with other high ranking officers who were part of his military government.
Rawlings had accused Acheampong and the rest of mainly corruption and mismanagement.