Prof Danso can now lunch his book on Rawlings

Jerry John Rawlings
Jerry John Rawlings

Prof Kwaku Danso-Boafo, a former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, can now go ahead and launch his book on former President Jerry John Rawlings following an out of court settlement with the former president.

wpid-Jerry-John-Rawlings.jpgThis was after the Fast Track High Court sitting on the case had adapted the terms of settlement presented by the parties in the case.

The court presided over by Mr Justice L.L. Mensah expressed the hope that the parties would abide by the agreement they had reached.

?The terms of settlement are hereby adapted and the case is hereby struck out,? he said.

Mr Samuel Atta Akyea, counsel for ex- President Rawlings, told the court that the parties had settled the matter and brought the documents for the settlement before the court.

The court then asked the defendant whether he was aware of the agreement to which he (defendant) replied that he together with his lawyers had signed the document.

The lawyer for the defendant, Mr John Abraham Larkai agreed to the submission in the court.

The plaintiff?s lawyer said he was happy that peace had prevailed and added the author could now go ahead to launch the first edition of the book.

Prof Danso-Boafo, the defendant, wanted to launch a book titled: ?J. J. Rawlings and the Democratic Transition in Ghana,? but the former President placed a court injunction on the launch.

Counsel for former President Rawlings, at the last hearing, prayed the court to allow the parties time to explore an out-of-court settlement.

The book was to be launched on August 20 but former President Rawlings filed an application to stop the event, accusing Prof Danso-Boafo of bad faith.

Former President Rawlings, in his affidavit in support of the motion, stated that Prof Danso-Boafo had undertaken to wait for him to review the book and correct all factual inaccuracies in it, but ?has breached his own solemn undertaking with me, and has published it with the view to launching it.?

The plaintiff believed the Professor had not extended due courtesy relating to the said agreement to him, and had only dropped a special invitation to the launch of the unapproved book.

Prof Danso-Boafo, in his affidavit in opposition, said the book was not intended to and would not bring former President Rawlings and his family into disrepute.

According to him, the book was rather authored from an ?intellectual perspective and fair analysis of historical events which occurred during the plaintiff?s public life from military rule through transition to democracy and written in a very objective light?.

Prof Danso-Boafo?s affidavit said the author, after completing the book, gave former President Rawlings a copy to proof read but the former President, after keeping the copy for well over two years, had not been able to point out a single unacceptable sentence in the book.

He said the plaintiff could not exhibit proof of a single pagewhich contains the alleged ?several inaccuracies, misinformation and slants which had the potential to poison Ghana?s historical records and democratic evolution.?

The book, according to the author, was intended to ?put in the public domain, the holistic history of what happened in Ghana under the plaintiff?s rule as Head of State, matters which are of public interest, enquiry and debate?.



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