Rawlings to address June 4 durbar today

BY: Daily Graphic
Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings
Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings

Former President and Founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and leader of the June 4 Uprising, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings, will deliver the keynote address at a durbar of cadres and activists to climax activities marking the 39th anniversary of the uprising today.

According to a statement issued by the anniversary planning committee, the durbar will take place at the Madina Social Welfare School Park today from 8 a.m.
This year’s celebration is on the theme: “Re-organising towards the core values.”

Other speakers at the event will include the NDC Chairman, Kofi Portuphy; Dan Abodakpi, Fritz Baffour, Samuel Nuamah Donkor, Ebi Bright and Lawrence Lamptey.

Activities marking the 39th anniversary included a lecture which was held at the National theatre last Thursday, May 31.

Today’s durbar is open to all sympathisers of the June 4 uprising, the 31st December Revolution and members of the public.

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Flt Lt Rawlings led a group of junior officers and men of the Ghana Armed Forces in an uprising against the then Supreme Military Council (SMC II) regime led by General F.W.K. Akuffo.

The move was motivated by a desire to stem the scourge of corruption that had engulfed the country at all levels and had led to a virtual breakdown of the economy.

Three months later, the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), led by Flt Lt Rawlings, handed over power to an elected government.