Currently attending a summit of US-African leaders in Washington, the demonstration did not take the President by surprise, having been informed about it earlier.
Information reaching DAILY GUIDE from Washington DC indicates that President Mahama had to contend with some 400 protesters who were disgusted by what they see as the mismanagement of the country’s resources and bad governance.
A statement read on behalf of the protesters by one Kwaku Ofori, the convener, followed the path of previous petitions from other protesters in Ghana, all bordering on corruption, bad governance and economic hardship.
The collapsed National Health Insurance Scheme, (NHIS), the unprecedented depreciation of Ghana’s currency, erratic power supply, high fuel prices, unpaid salaries to workers and the general high cost of living in the face of the expensive lifestyle of President Mahama and his appointees, the GYEEDA, SADA, SUBAH, WOYOMEGATE, and the World Cup fiasco among others, are some of the unacceptable factors the protesters said informed the holding of the demonstration at the time the President was visiting the United States.
A portion of the statement they issued earlier read; ‘It is imperative to point out that we deeply continue to share in the untoward hardship that has bedevilled our brothers and sisters back home as a result of the incompetence and corrupt practices of Mahama and his cronies.’
By this demonstration, they added, ‘We the demonstrators will be looking forward to awakening the consciousness and nationalistic sensibilities of the suffering Ghanaian to demand accountability from John Dramani Mahama and his NDC government. Enough is enough!’
They displayed placards with inscriptions such as ‘We are still at first gear’, ‘Corruption Abere’, ‘Cedi Abere’, ‘Ghana Abre’, ‘Step Up or Step Out’, ‘Depreciation of the cedi,’ ‘Accountability is all we ask for’, ‘John mu Jon’ and ‘Depreciation of leadership’, among others.
By A.R. Gomda
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