Popular Ghanaian journalist, Paul Adom Otchere, has blamed former president Rawlings for implementing measures that introduced vigilantism into Ghana.
According to Otchere, Rawlings formed the 64 Infantry Battalion during his tenure as president of Ghana.
He explained that the idea was to form a private army to protect Rawlings and his regime, and this created difficulty among the ranks of the soldiers at the time.
“Where did all this start from, perhaps it started with this man, Flt Lieutenant Rawlings. When he was President of Ghana in the latter days, there was a unit in the Ghana Armed Forces called the 64 infantry battalion, thought to be a private army he created to protect his regime and himself.
Therefore, it created a lot difficulty among the ranks of the soldiers and therefore people who were political opponents of Rawlings became worried about the excesses of the 64 Infantry Battalion. Also ACDRs and CDRs were set up right within the Ghana Armed Forces”, he disclosed.
Otchere further explained that Association of the Committee for the Defence of the Revolution (ACDR) were partisan in nature according to the politics of the current opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), which was born out of Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC)
The journalist however noted that in 2001, when President John Agyekum Kufuor took over as Commander-In-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, he took steps to disband these ACDRS and CDRs in the Ghana Armed Forces, as well as the 64 Infantry Battalion.
“64 Infantry Regiment was converted to now become a regular infantry regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces called the Rapid Response Unit and they were relocated to where they were to Burma Camp”, he revealed.