The atmosphere was as usual tense as everyone quietened up and geared up to listen to the â€˜boomâ€™ man when he stormed the stage uninvited during a discussion session at a program; 2nd Revolutionary Lecture Series, held in his honor.
Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, who until then had sat quietly through the program, observing and listening to the speakers and panelists as they took the house down the history lane on matters regarding Ghanaâ€™s economic situation over the years, suddenly stood and headed steadily for the stage after a question from a participant triggered a nerve on his part.
The participant sought to find out how the values of the June 4 Revolution; probity, accountability, truth among others were being upheld in todayâ€™s democratic governance and which measures are being taken to ensure that the situation where persons who choose to defy the challenges and stand for these values are bastardised is done away with, pushed the former President who went upstage, picked the microphone and began to pour out his heart.
A visibly angry Rawlings â€˜spat fireâ€™ at the so-called â€˜babies with sharp teethâ€™ whom he says have made it a point to continuously denigrate his image and portray him in a bad light for standing up for the truth, fighting corruption and keeping firm on his beliefs.
â€œIâ€™m not the one who is bastardising the truth, itâ€™s the young generation you are talking about, the ones with the sharp teeth, who are much younger hadnâ€™t bastardised the truth, there probably wouldnâ€™t be the need for an apologyâ€ he fumed.
Speaking on recent comments about Former Presidents Kufour and Mahama which sparked public debate, Mr. Rawlings said he had been completely misrepresented and â€˜bastardizedâ€™ for speaking the truth in both situations.
Rawlings had been criticized massively for making statements during a courtesy call on the chiefs and people of Mepe in the North Tongu Constituency in the Volta Region to suggest that former President Kufuor, during his time, tried to sideline Ewes in the military and that â€˜rogueâ€™ Mahama had superintended the misappropriation and looting of lands he (Rawlings) personally negotiated for a project to be established at Volor in the North Tongu area.