Hannah Tetteh mocks "too few" ‘Occupy Flagstaff House’ demonstrators

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms Hannah Tetteh, has mocked Tuesday’s Occupy Flagstaff House’ protest over what she says is poor patronage.

Hundreds of people marched from Efua Sutherland Children’s Park towards the Flagstaff House in protest at what they say is the poor state of the country’s economy.

The demonstration is organised by a non-partisan group – Concerned Ghanaians for Responsible Governance (CGRG).

It is timed to coincide with the celebration of Ghana’s 54th Republic Day on July 1.

The number of people attending has, however, not impressed Ms Tetteh, who tweeted that she was surprised:

Occupy Flagstaff House Crowd. The numbers were ….. well never mind. pic.twitter.com/WTmwTheEPp
– Hanna Tetteh (@HannaTetteh) July 1, 2014

Every citizens concerns are important, but after listening to all of them being aired on radio & seeing the number involved it surprising.
– Hanna Tetteh (@HannaTetteh) July 1, 2014

Their social media campaign was much more effective than the actual turnout.
– Hanna Tetteh (@HannaTetteh) July 1, 2014

The Minister’s tweets, however, did not go down well with some Ghanaians on social media.

A minister of state shouldn’t be trolling on twitter when the citizens of her country are trying to make change #OccupyFlagStaffHouse
– Kirstie Kwarteng (@KirstieKwarteng) July 1, 2014

Pls RT: @HannaTetteh and his boss @JDMahama tweet more than they perform.. #LetsgetCheeky #WastedVote #OccupyFlagStaffHouse #Ghana4UsAll
– Kobby Blay (@kobbyblay) July 1, 2014

@HannaTetteh Absolutely disappointed by your tweet. Numbers? I reserve my comments Madam Tetteh.
– JOT Agyeman (@JOTAgyeman) July 1, 2014

What matters is that people care about this nation and when those we respect @HannaTetteh tow the political line, it hurts even more.
– JOT Agyeman (@JOTAgyeman) July 1, 2014

For their part, the demonstrators have vowed to continue their peaceful protests until the government begins to act responsibly in the interest of the citizenry.

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