2.14.2010

Fire destroys the home of Jerry John Rawlings, former president of Ghana

Reposted from Global Peeks

News agencies have reported that the home of Ghana's former president, Jerry John Rawlings has burned down in Accra. The report came from Mr. Rawlings special aide Kofi Adams who said the former president was away and his family was not harmed in the blaze.

The cause of the fire, which began about 4 a.m., February 14, was not immediately known. Adams said the fire destroyed all the personal effects of the former president and his family.

Mr. Rawlings came to power initially in a 1979 military coup, turning over power to a civilian government then assuming power again in 1981 by Coup d' Tat, forming the Provisional National Defense Council-PNDC. In 1992 he opened Ghana to popular elections winning two terms and then stepping down under constitutional term limits in 2000.

The home located in the affluent Ridge community of Accra was the personal home of the Rawlings since the 1980's.