Former president Jerry John Rawlings has said he had no choice than to kill the former heads of states because Ghanaians were pressuring him.
He disclosed this in a rare interview with Kwaku Sakyi-Addo on Asaase Radio.
When quizzed by the veteran journalist if it was difficult to sign the death warrants for Afrifa, Acheampong and others, Rawlings said no because the people were literally craving for their blood.
“The first one wasn’t. That is Acheampong. The crave for blood was so intense that if we didn’t offer it, we would go. There was a call, people would go. This thing will spill into the civil front and would get out of control. We offered Acheampong and Utuka, hoping that would,” he said.
When Sakyi Addo again asked him why he executed Afrifa despite his retirement from the military, Jerry Rawlings answered that the former was killed because he was being “provocative”.
He said: ” It might interest you to know that Afrifa was being provocative and I had him locked up. He wasn’t feeling too good and said they should send him to the hospital and after he recovered, I remember very well. A gentleman who was keeping an eye on him, he is called Dennis. He was also in Achimota School. He was one or two years ahead of me. He was in the intelligence machinery then. … he was ok now what do we do with him. I said let him go home. And yet later, he had to be brought back.”