June 4 should not be celebrated in Ghana – Effah Dartey

Private legal practitioner and former Member of Parliament retired Captain Nkrabea Effah Dartey has described the removal and seizure of government and its powers on June 4, 1979 by the late Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings as the bloodiest and ghastliest coup d’états in Ghana.

He has said that June 4, 1979 is a day and a memory he always wishes to completely blank out in his life due to the killings and the blood of innocent people who were sacrificed during that coup.

Capt. (rtd) Nkrabeah Dartey, speaking in an interview on the Yesempa show on Onua FM on Friday June 4, maintained that the event on that day will remain a terrible memory that Ghanaians who are above 50 years of age and witnessed what happened would want to quickly forget.

He condemned the conduct of the military during that revolution where young soldiers used guns to attack the command structure and the fact that innocent citizens were gloomily brutalized.

The former Deputy Interior Minister, however, recounted the torment meted out to the citizenry by the military and indicated that it was a crime to be an officer in Ghana Army during that period.

“4th June is the bloodiest coup in the history of Ghana where young soldiers who have not been in the military even for 5 years used guns to attack the command structure.

“It was a crime to be an officer in Ghana Army on 4th June. That day in fact it was terrible, it was very terrible and it propelled Boakye Gyan and Jerry Rawlings into authority as the administrators of Ghana,” he recounted.

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The former lawmaker for Berekum in the Bono Region said that the level of corruption and indiscipline at the time did not warrant a coup d’état as purported by the June 4 coup perpetrators.

He stated emphatically that there is no way soldiers should be allowed to be administrators of a nation because they don’t have the monopoly over power.

He also indicated June 4 should not be celebrated in Ghana because the basis for which the military staged the coup was unfounded coupled with the fact that people were killed for no wrongdoing.

By Maxwell Otoo|Onua FM|3news.com|Ghana