Today in 2018: My integrity intimidates, threatens some people – Rawlings

General News of Tuesday, 15 October 2019



Former President Jerry John Rawlings

In 2018, former President Jerry John Rawlings, said a majority of people feel intimidated by his personality and end up peddling falsehood against him.

According to him, he is not perturbed by their actions and will not falls for accusations or their petty talks, rather he will uphold his integrity in high esteem.

He made this known while delivering a keynote address at the Great Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi during their SRC TEKTALK event.

Read the full story originally published on October 15, 2018, on Ghanaweb

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has stated that the recent catalogue of allegations against him that has resurfaced in the media is a calculated effort by certain vested interests who feel intimidated and threatened by his level of integrity.

He said at 71, he has held on to his integrity for so long, and that he is proud of it, and that he would not compromise on what has brought him this far.

“It’s not for sale,” he stated.

Mr. Rawlings stated that the attacks on him are rather an attack on the sense of purpose of the youth.

“I am not the one they are really after. You are the ones they are after. To break that tenacity, that belief in you,” he told a charged atmosphere at the Great Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi on Saturday.

Delivering the keynote address at the 2018 KNUST SRC-organized TEKTALK event, the former president said: “When you maintain the solidity of your position and refuse to compromise, they naturally have a problem because you may have become so influential.

“The power of the influence that you wield I think threatens some people so that if they cannot buy you, if they cannot get you to compromise your position, you need to be destroyed, otherwise your word tomorrow could do damage to them, and move them out of office,” he added.

The retired flight lieutenant responded to allegations by a so-called former bodyguard of his, stating that Lance Corporal Amedeka was not his bodyguard but the driver of one of the armoured tanks captured during the 31st December, 1981 uprising.