New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Suame and Majority Leader of Parliament Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has revealed he had worked with the military junta of former President Jerry John Rawlings in the late seventies and was in favour of the execution of leading members of the military government, the Supreme Military Council that Rawlings had overthrown.
Speaking in an interview with Angel FM recently monitored by MyNewsGh.com, the stalwart of NPP disclosed that as a student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) at the time, he wholeheartedly supported Jerry John Rawlings and his military regime.
“I was working with the Rawlings government at the time I was in the university. [This was] all because I and other people at that time were fed up with the corruption that was going on in Acheampong’s government…at that time, we as students were happy when J. J. Rawlings came to clean the system of the rot and corruption that was going on and for that matter, we rallied behind him in everything,” he said.
Mr Mensah Bonsu noted that he had kept his work and support for Rawlings in the seventies under wraps, but has had to reveal it upon his death.
The late Jerry John Rawlings staged a successful coup in 1979, according to him to rid the system of corruption and mismanagement at the time. He enjoyed widespread support from the public, especially University students at the time.
As part of what he called “a house cleaning exercise, he executed some leading members of the military junta he had overthrown with the massive support of members of the public and students who were shouting “let the blood flow!”
“I can’t keep hiding this anymore and I must confess now that J. J Rawlings is dead: I was part of the people who shouted on top of their voice, ‘let the blood flow’…I said that because J. J. Rawlings told us at KNUST when he met us that the Bible says without the sacrifice of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins. And for that matter, if the military officers they had arrested are not killed, Ghanaians will never forgive them,” he explained.
Mr Mensah Bonsu is currently the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs in the Akufo-Addo government and one of the longest-serving Members of Parliament.