Special Aide to the late former President, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings has opened up on events that happened following the release of the book; ‘Working with Rawlings’.
The piece which was authored by a close associate of the Former President, Professor Kwamena Awhoi sought to tell into details, his experience while working with Mr. Rawlings.
Though it touched on both the positives and negatives, quite a number of revelations in the story pointed to a deteriorated relationship between them and how in some instances, the former President acted as a megalomaniac and how he ‘betrayed’ late President John Evans Atta Mills.
The former local government minister under Rawlings’ book stirred up a lot of controversies and talks and subsequently necessitated a response from the late former President.
Speaking about how the publication of the book and its contents was received by Mr. Rawlings, Dr. Donald Senanu Agumenu told GhanaWeb that it was a difficult time for his boss.
It could easily qualify as one of the ‘disappointing moments’ for the late statesman he said, considering some aspect of the book was inaccurate and ‘damaging’.
“President Rawlings didn’t take that book as an easy thing, it was one of the biggest disappointing moments for him because his position is, some of the things could be factual but most of the things said in that book, at least, why not ask or to bring coherent sequence of our political trajectory so that we don’t distort history. It wasn’t something he took lightly; it was quite a difficult moment for him,” he said in the interview with GhanaWeb.
“He knows how he manages his difficult moments. He is not somebody that can easily cry before you, at times throughout the week, he can be very serious and then if he wants to engage you, he will have very deep engagements.
“He dealt with some specific issues, he didn’t come public to touch on many things, the reason being that, at that moment, a lot was going on. People were tackling the book from this angle and there were a lot of interpretations so he wanted to take his time,’ Dr. Agumenu added.