The question baffling many minds is that ‘has Late Former President Jerry John Rawlings cried before?’ It is believed that military men don’t cry, and as a matter of fact, a fearless soldier and coup d’état leader like late Jerry John Rawlings can never be seen crying.
Well, it is not so. With Rawlings courage and charisma, it seems that he was very emotional. Yes, very emotional. That is why he even cares about the poorest Ghanaian than the rich. A reason why he resorted to food rationing during the 1983 famine, just to ensure that poor people also get food in Ghana.
Because he is a very emotional person, he flew a Jet fighter plane to Liberia, just to speak to Charles Taylor to step down, otherwise risk putting the life of his citizens in danger. This is because, United Nations, UN and Africa Union, AU, back then resolved to attack Former President Charles Taylor in the midst of the citizens, just to overthrow him, without caring about the citizens who might lose their lives during the attack. Now, you see how emotional Rawlings was.
Now, let’s look at the situation that made fearless Rawlings cried. During the Former President John Agyekum Kufuor’s administration in 2005, Zanetor Agyemang Rawlings was preparing to graduate from Harvard University, UK. As you know when it’s done, during graduation ceremonies, students are required to pay graduation fees, and also to celebrate the achievements, students invite friends and loved ones for graduation parties.
Zanetor Rawlings now wanted to organize a small graduation party after paying for her graduation fees so she called the father, Jerry John Rawlings for money. Back then, the total money requested by Zanetor was about 4000 USD, which covers her graduation fees and also graduation party. So, she called the father one Friday morning, when Afotey Agbo had visited the old man, Jerry John Rawlings at his Ridge residence.
During the visit by Afotey Agbo, who is seen as Rawlings right-hand man, Rawlings received a phone call from Zanetor Rawlings requesting the aforementioned amount for her graduation. Unfortunately, Rawlings couldn’t get the amount for his daughter and hanged up the phone after talking to her.
After the phone call, Jerry John Rawlings painfully stared at Afotey Agbo for about 10 seconds and said “Onukpa (senior), so a whole former President like me, who has ruled over Ghana for about 19years, I couldn’t afford 4000 USD for my daughter’s graduation, but current Ministers of state are living luxurious lives and spending Ghana’s money back and front freely. Even their sitting allowance is more than 4000 USD. Some even use more than 4000 USD to buy mobile phones, lodge in luxurious hotels and spend on women”.