By Reason Wafawarova
DOES Zimbabwe need to do a China or a Jerry Rawlings to clean up the mess in the country, such as corruption and looting of public resources?
Jerry Rawlings is hailed as the man who changed the political direction of Ghana for the better.
He staged two coups, and to many these were two landmark events that cleaned an extremely dirty political environment dominated by a corrupt military hegemony.
Rawlings accomplished his feat by summarily executing people he viewed as corrupt and as power mongers. These included army generals and judges.
Generals Kotei, Amedume, Felli, Utuka, Afrifa, Acheampong, and Akuffo we killed. They were soon followed by the executions of Supreme Court Justices Cecilia Koranteng-Addow, Frederick Sarkodie, and Kwadjo Agyei Agyepong.
Another round of executions of troublemaking generals took place. Military officers Major Sam Acquah and Major Dasana Nantogmah were executed. There were altogether about 300 enablers that had to be removed through execution as well.
That is how Rawlings transformed Ghana’s political face, leading to the current multiparty democracy.
Nigeria too had a series of Generals leading through coups, and apart from Yaradua and Goodkuck Jonathan it has always been military men leading Nigeria, including Buhari, who first came in by the assistance of Tunde Idiagbon through a bloody coup, and is now in through an election.
We are in Southern Africa and we have our own political culture, but do we need the hardline path taken by Rawlings to reform our political terrain and tame the scourge of corruption?
The Chinese model is one party democracy where elections are held with contestants from one party, and the punishment for corruption is death by the firing squad. ■
- Wafawarova writes in his personal capacity. His views do not imply the views of the Zimbabwe Voice.