Scrap June 4 annual commemoration; its useless-Lecturer


Former President Rawlings, the architect of the June 4 uprising
Former President Rawlings, the architect of the June 4 uprising

Political Science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Mohammed Abass says the June 4 commemoration is a needless and a useless exercise that must be scrapped.

He said the principles of accountability, the transparency that championed the June 4 uprising were good but it did not change or purge the system.

Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm he said we are currently witnessing mismanagement of the economy, human rights abuses and other ills in our system just like we witnessed in the past hence the June 4 uprising has lost its relevance.

Although he agreed the situation was not worse, we have a long way to go in terms of purging the system.

He said I don’t think we have to celebrate the June 4 uprising because it is not necessary.

He expressed fear of a repeat of what happened in the past should we continue to celebrate the day.

“I don’t think it is Important for us to commemorate the June 4 uprising.  It was an event and a reaction towards some problems but we have failed to find solutions to these problems. What we need to do is to reflect on these problems and ensure that we do not witness a repeat of what happened and be remind ourselves that there could be a repeat of what led to the uprising, ” he said.

Meanwhile, Former President Jerry John Rawlings has called for an urgent review of the Fourth Republican constitution to remove the indemnity that protects high-level politicians who abuse their office.

Delivering the keynote address at a parade, wreath-laying and durbar to climax activities marking the 40th anniversary of the June 4 uprising at Nungua on, Tuesday, Mr. Taking a said there are many constitutional clauses that do not serve our interest and called for an urgent establishment of a constituent assembly to review them.

“Over the years the indemnity clauses have emboldened certain characters to abuse their offices and profit themselves. The constitution of the Fourth Republic was created by us, for us and to serve us, and in light of the 25 years, there is an unqualified need to reform or rewrite our current constitution. An urgent constituent assembly ought to be established with the necessary powers to rewrite the constitution,”

 

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