The anchor of Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana, Paul Adom-Otchere, has detailed how Kwame Pianim, a founding member of the New Patriotic Party, attempted but failed to launch a coup d’état against then-head of state, Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings, in 1982.
According to Adom-Otchere, the famed economist had set his plans in motion and was preparing the overthrow of the Rawlings regime, which had overthrown the Limann regime a year before.
Unfortunately for Pianim, his girlfriend, who had a close relationship with certain senior members of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) administration, snitched on him, according to Adom-Otchere.
Kwame Pianim and his associates were apprehended and subsequently found guilty of treason. According to Adom-Otchere, he was imprisoned for ten years.
“Kwame Pianim attempted a coup d’état against Flt Lt Rawlings’ PNDC government. Kwame Pianim was rumored to be dating a very young lady. I’m familiar with the person, but I’m not going to name her. She is a well-known Ghanaian and a birthday friend of mine.
“She was connected to the dictatorship of the PNDC.” The lady was said to have noticed Kwame Pianim’s movements. He may have discussed it with the lady, who then informed the PNDC. The lady is suspected of informing the PNDC’s security apparatus, including Kojo Tsikata, Adjei Boadi, and others.
“Flt Lt Rawlings was charged and sentenced to ten years in prison.” He was imprisoned “supposedly because there was not enough evidence to convict him,” he stated on his show.
Kwame Pianim does not regret his conduct.
Kwame Pianim revealed his coup preparations in 2010, defending his activities and emphasizing that he acted within the law.
“It is also mentioned that every Ghanaian who suffered in any way while defending the Constitution against usurpers will be paid at the reinstatement of the Constitution.”
“…We all owe allegiance only to governments established by the sovereign people of Ghana and duly elected by the sovereign people of Ghana, and anyone else who takes over this country through the barrel of a gun cannot claim protection from the Constitution,” he said, adding that it was unfortunate that the judiciary did not use his case to confirm what the 1992 and 1979 Constitutions encouraged Ghanaians to do in such circumstances.
In a 2010 interview with Steve Mallory, editor of Africawatch Magazine, Mr. Pianim revealed this.