Former President Jerry John Rawlings’ coup d’état prompted Mark Okraku-Mantey, the Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, to acquire a dislike for backing the major opposition National Democratic Congress.
According to Mark, his father, a businessman, was subjected to many life-threatening attacks during Rawlings’ coups.
The music producer and manager told Joy FM over the weekend that he became accustomed to seeing firearms since military personnel frequently marched into their home and primarily interrupted their sleep in order to seize his father.
As a result of this, Okraku-Mantey developed a disdain for the Provisional National Defense Council, which subsequently evolved into the NDC.
“When my father was young, he saw some money and he did some wonderful stuff around because he was an entrepreneur,” the Deputy Minister stated in an interview with GhanaWeb.
“So when ex-president Rawlings performed his first and second coups, (in respect of) both of them, my father was sought because successful people were taken to book at the time, so he was wanted,” he said.
“Guns were ubiquitous in my home as a small child from some of these military officers seeking for my father, so whenever people mention coup, I warn them that they don’t desire for a coup,” said the former Hitz FM Programmes Director.
“I always had a running belly,” he says, “and they might come in at any moment, 3 a.m. and everything.” So, by default, I am any other political party other than PNDC, which has evolved into NDC.”