The 2016 flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is expected to arrive in Kumasi to join members of a group calling itself the Movement for Change (MFC) to stage the ‘YaberÉ› demonstration’ on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.
The protesters are frowning on the sinking economy and government’s failure to deliver core services, including a steady electricity supply to the citizenry.
As the power supply situation keeps worsening in the country with its resultant negative effect on businesses, many Ghanaians have decided to resort to protest marches on the streets until the anomaly has been rectified by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration.
The MFC director of operations, Odeneho Kwaku Appiah, said the NPP leader had agreed to join residents of the Ashanti Region in the demonstration to register their displeasure about government’s handling of the power crisis.
Last week, Nana Addo led a mass protest in Accra against the President Mahama government’s poor handling of the power crisis, indicating his readiness to lead more of such demonstrations to press home the need for swift action to tackle the situation.
According to the MFC, besides the power supply situation, the unemployment situation and the high cost of living are also part of the grounds for the street protest that was initially scheduled to take place on February 24, 2015, but was postponed to the following day after another group sympathetic to the cause of the government, had announced its intention to stage a rival demonstration the same day.
Odeneho Kwaku Appiah told DAILY GUIDE that they were expecting about a million people to participate in the Wednesday demonstration.
He indicated that the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, had agreed to receive their petition after the exercise.
From Ernest Kofi Adu, Kumasi
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