Former President Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings will deliver the keynote address to mark the 41st anniversary of the June 4 uprising on Thursday June 4, 2020.
According to the Founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the former president of Ghana, “due to the social distancing protection protocols instituted by government as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the anniversary address will be delivered by a live virtual broadcast.”
According to the anniversary planning committee, the theme for the celebration which is inspired by the pandemic and the ideals of the revolution is; Strengthening the Spirit of Patriotism, Resilience and Integrity in Difficult Times.
Other speakers including leading members of the National Democratic Congress will speak at the E-durbar.
In in a pressor, the former president noted that, in compliance with the social distancing protocols, selected members of the media will be invited to cover the E-Durbar. Full details will be released in due course.
H.E Jerry John Rawlings also disclosed that, “as part of the celebrations, donations will be made to the Muslim community in commemoration of the Eid ul Fitr and select medical facilities will receive PPEs to support the fight against the corona virus.’
On June 4, 1979, members of the military, drawn mostly from the junior ranks and inspired by mass social and public discontent, took over the governance of the country after it had sunk into a state of social, economic and political decay.
The following three months led to a ‘housecleaning’ exercise after which elections were held and the mantle of political leadership handed over to the government of the People’s National Party, ushering in the Third Republic.