Friday, March 1, 2024

President Lungu mourns former President Rawlings


President Edgar Lungu has expressed his deepest sympathy to his counterpart, President of Ghana Nana Akufo-addo following the death of the country’s former Head of State, Jerry Rawlings.

In a message of condolences, President Lungu described the late former President as a courageous statesman and great Pan-Africanist.

The Head of State further acknowledged President Rawlings’s contribution to Ghana’s transition to a multiparty democracy nation.

“It was with a heavy heart that I learned of the passing of our dear brother, President Jerry John Rawlings, former President of the Republic of Ghana. On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Zambia, and indeed on my own behalf, I would like to convey heartfelt condolences to Your Excellency, the people of Ghana and the bereaved family for the loss of a courageous statesman and great Pan-Africanist,” says President Lungu.

He added that Mr. Rawlings will be remembered for his charismatic nature and passionate stance against corruption, which contributed towards uplifting the lives of the Ghanaian people.

President Lungu indicated that the late President’s works will continue to serve as a powerful legacy to many Africans, young and old, across the African continent and beyond.

The Head of State also conveyed prayers of comfort to the bereaved family adding that Zambia joins her brothers and sisters of Ghana in mourning a true son of the African soil.

This was contained in a statement availed to ZANIS by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, Isaac Chipampe.

Mr. Rawlings was the founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) party, and was first elected president of Ghana in 1992. He later stepped down in 2001 after serving two terms but continued to wield a strong influence in the country.

The late Ghanaian former Head of State was the country’s longest-serving leader, who oversaw the transition to multiparty elections in what is now one of Africa’s most stable democracies. He died on November 12, 2020 in hospital in the capital, Accra, after a short illness.


  1. From the soil he came, back to the soil he goes. Great son of soil. As pan Africanists we appreciate all his contributions. Rip.

    Tarino we know you have a bone to chew with our president and this government. I also appreciate that you have adopted certain values and cultures in your adopted countries there in diaspora.. however, can I humbly ask you to show respect on this forum to those departed. It is in our African culture to show respect when it comes to the departed regardless of your personal views. You can give those views after some time has passed following burial. This is our culture and I request that you show some respect to our culture the same way you humble yourself in front of your whlte superiors.

  2. In advanced countries if a currency of a country depreciates by 52 per cent in one year as the case of Zambia is, a President would resign on their own. Our self made economic challenges started way before Covid.

  3. Ignore the guy who is talking of waiting for burial, is our economy going to be waiting for that, does this guy think bond holders will be waiting for this burial, ignore this lab tech please. Let him not dictate to you what you can post and what you can’t, type of people who give themselves powers they don’t have

  4. Jerry Rawlings would feel bad if he saw what is happening to the once promising Zambia. RIP.And by the way the latest edition of the economist says Zambia is the next Zimbabwe.

  5. Praising people once they are dead, typical of us people from the sh”t hole as Donald Trump once put it

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