The army also played a key role in removing the late former President Robert Mugabe from power via a military coup in November 2017, before fatally shooting six civilian protesters soon after the 2018 elections.
Added Chamisa: “We stand in solidarity with the people of Ghana and the President of Ghana on the untimely loss of a giant in Africa.”
“The first thing that we celebrate as we remember him (Rawlings) is his ability to be an answer to repression.
“Of course, it was a military response but people had suffered and what he did most fundamentally was to be able to hand over authority and power to civilian establishment and that is the most important thing that he did.
“To end dictatorship and making sure democracy is made possible, so we salute him for his contribution to democracy and making it a reality and setting Ghana on the path of stability, on the path of democracy and civilian authority.”

“Most importantly, he managed to set some of the institutional markers to issues of handover-takeover. When he came in, he was the one who introduced the issue of having a definite day for handover, so on January 7, there has to be handover-takeover in Ghana, but a month before that, there has to be an election.”
“He reminded most African leaders that it is important to lead and leave which is a problem with other African leaders who do not want to leave power.”
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