Ex-President Jerry John Rawlings did not die from COVID-19 as has been officially inferred but was killed to cover up massive bribery allegations at the Jubilee House, says an American businessman Claude Convisser.
Claude Convisser who is also the Managing Director of Plant Oil Powered (POP) Diesel, has petitioned the US Congress to investigate the activities of both the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in the death of Jerry Rawlings who died mid-November 2021.
According to the petition, if Rawlings was not eliminated, he would have strongly opposed the planned US Ghana Defense Treaty, which the former President had criticized as a surrender of the country’s sovereignty.
“He did not die of COVID 19. The CIA, the DIA, or one of their affiliate agencies or contractors murdered him, to prevent news outlets from carrying my disclosure of systematic corruption in the Flagstaff House that might have harmed the re-election chances of the CIA’s favoured NPP and President Akuffo Addo in the December 7,” Convisser wrote in the petition as reported by Accra-based JoyNews.
“Former President Rawlings’ sudden death was the only event in Ghana of sufficient magnitude that would have, and did, immediately eliminate news coverage of all other domestic topics for enough days to quash my own November 11 news disclosure. Indeed, it is possible that President Akuffo Addo owes his narrow – re-election in the December 7 poll by a margin of 51 percent to 47 percent for former President Mahama to the CIA’s suppression of any controversy induced by former President Rawlings’s death which they caused’.
According to him, he was set to reveal massive corruption at the Jubilee House and it would have greatly hurt the CIA darling boy Akufo Addo’s chances in the elections, so they sought a soft but important target whose news would have been sufficient in drowning the disclosure he was making about Jubilee House corruption.
The US businessman who has lived in Ghana for over seven years wants the US Congress to probe the death of Jerry Rawlings and also what the petitioner called “a systematic and regular practice of bribe – demanding in President Akufo Addo’s Flagstaff House” rooted through Asensu Boakye, the then Deputy Chief of Staff and the current Minister of Works and Housing.
This is also not the first time Asensu Boakye has been accused of being the conduit for bribery at the Jubilee House. In 2017, Musician and close confidante of President Akufo Addo, A-Plus hard warned that the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff, Asenso-Boakye and Abu Jinapor were extremely corrupt and “stupid”.
“On Wednesday, November 11, 2020, I conducted a news briefing for the Ghanaian African media and press in Tamale, the biggest city in that country’s North. I revealed that on December 26, 2017, the Vice Chairman of the NPP for the Northern Region, a gentleman by the name of Alhaji Sunday, took me to the Flagstaff House, the Ghanaian President’s Office”. “The President’s Deputy Chief of Staff Asensu, who like many of the officials at the summit of the Ghanaian Government, is a family relative of the President, demanded a $20,000 bribe for any favor from the Government, including meeting with President.” “The next morning, November 12, before any of the twelve news outlets had a chance to publish their stories, former President and staunch American ally Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings died”, the US businessman stated in the petition.
According to Convisser, the disclosure to President Akufo Addo by Rawlings’ wife Nana Konadu Agyepong Rawlings that the former president had died unexpectedly was all part of a cover-up involving the eventual information pushed to the public that the ex-Military head of state died of COVID.
Meanwhile, this is not the first time Convisser had gone public with his allegation of corruption at the Jubilee House and in the Akufo Addo administration. In 2020, Convisser whose company processes Jatropha into bio-diesel said, some 10 government officials had demanded bribe from him, but he had refused.
Speaking on Accra-based Starr FM, Claude Convisser said “We haven’t paid bribes and I must say I’m a very stubborn investor even though you have people in government who keep asking how much is in for them. Eight to ten officials in this administration have demanded bribes from me.”