Ghanaians have been raising innumerable questions concerning the truth impacted with regards to the story of Abigail Mawutor who was seen by the public for the first time at the funeral of late President Jerry John Rawlings claiming that, the late president was actually her biological father.
Myjoyghana.com has been speaking with some persons mentioned with knowledge about the matter and we have received clarifications that can only be confirmed or negated by a DNA test which Madam Abigail has said she is ready to subject herself to any prove aside her resemblance to late Jerry John Rawlings, this unknown 52 year old daughter of the ex-president reportedly has a daugher that is like a carbon-copy of Zanetor.
Some of the family members of Rawlings from the Volta Region who spoke under strict anonymity praised 52-year old Abigail because since the family found her, she had participated in most Agbotui family events and activities at Dzelukope as a recognized daughter of Rawlings but has never made the news. She has been low-key about it. They said, she has been un-intrusive and never sought to create scenes about it.
They believe her coming out to the media is a form of grief as a result of lacking a chance to mourn her father properly, although there were things that should have been done before Rawlings died in other to save the situation.
During 1967, Rawlings in his final year at secondary school, aged 20 then, allegedly impregnated Rose Agbodzi Sende, an Ewe in Accra but originally from Togo. The young Rawlings allegedly pleaded with Rose to keep the pregnancy secret because his future was at stake, which Rose agreed.
In March 1968, Abigail was born to a single mother, the same year Rawlings, 21, was settling down as an Airforce Cadet.
Rose met someone willing to marry her and left her child Abigail with an old lady at Adabraka in Accra where the child grew up, knowing she had only a mother, and not knowing her father.
Myjoyghana.com sighted an Eyewitness who was her mate in Primary school and corroborated her story.
“I know this beautiful lady back in the days, she attended St Joseph Primary School at Adabraka. The rumour was rife that, Rawlings was her father.”
This will not be surprising because by the time Abigail would have turned 12, her “father’s” face and name was known nationwide, especially in the Adabraka areas where she lived with an old woman caretaker.
Some of her caretaker’s spreaded the rumours that, she was a “fatherless”.
In an effort to find her father as an adult, Abigail confronted her mother about her biological father and she was told by the whole story concerning what happened in 1967 and how Rawlings became her father.
Abigail has said in an interview that, before her mother opened up about Rawlings, she had numerous dreams involving Jerry Rawlings as head of state.
The young daughter started looking for Rawlings after her mother’s confession and found her way to Rawlings family home in 2002 where she was accepted. A member of the family who spoke on strict condition of anonymity said prior to her appearance, they had heard from some travelers from Togo saying that, there was a lady at Lome claiming Rawlings was her father, hence meeting her was bound to happen somehow.
According to sources, when Rawlings was informed of her sudden appearance and claim, he neither denied nor confirmed it. However at various times, he enquired about her and on a number of occasions since 2002, he acknowledged her by sending her money for upkeep and to start a business.
It is not clear whether Rawlings gathered courage to inform his wife and her children about the existence of Abigail as a long lost but found daughter, if he accepted her.
We can therefore say that the story of the 52 year old Rawlings daughter could be true but has been a well-guarded open secret, unknown only to Rawlings nuclear family in Accra, if he didn’t inform them before his death. However, the Volta side of the family knew of her existence.
Rose got married and left her child behind the care of an old relative at Adabraka where the child grew up before making efforts to reach out to the family of Rawlings in 2002 and has been with them until the larger public heard about her yesterday at the funeral.