Hannah Tetteh scoffs Occupy Flagstaff House low turnout; convener unperturbed

Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has expressed ‘surprise’ on her twitter handle at the low turnout of the ‘Occupy Flagstaff House’ demonstrators on Republic Day, July 1, 2014.

In a series of twitter comments Tuesday, the Minister went from mocking the trigger of the demonstrations to indicating the numbers did not reflect the social media campaign that preceded the event itself.

Over 300 people charged to the Flagstaff House in move to register their discontent with what they describe variously as harsh economic conditions and bad governance in the country.

A leader of the protests and founder of Energy Solutions Foundation, Golda Addo’s told Joy Fm’s Super Morning Show “the King [President] thinks that he is in fancy clothes but the king is naked. Nobody is telling him the truth.” The non-partisan group calling itself Concerned Ghanaians for Responsible Governance (CGRG) has President John Mahama on what it said, has been the worsening economic conditions in the country.

Dubbed ‘Occupy Flagstaff House’, the organizers say every Ghanaian deserved to be happy and are tired of talking about hardship on social media.It was timed to coincide with the celebration of Ghana’s 54th Republic Day, July 1 – the day that the country totally weaned itself from British Colonial rule.

“Occupy Flagstaff House Crowd. The numbers were ….. well never mind”, Ms Tetteh said in one comment.

“Their social media campaign was much more effective than the actual turnout”, she stated in another.

Nana Akwasi Awuah, convener of the demonstrations told myjoyonline.com those “unfortunate comments from a member of government” do not bother them.

“Those are her [Hannah Tetteh’s] opinions and she is entitled to it. But we are happy with the turnout considering the time frame we had to put it together’, he said.

Nana Akwasi Awuah said he is confident President John Mahama, “who matters in this instance”, has taken their petition seriously.

“If he [President] does not act…we will hit the streets again”, Nana Awuah assured.


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