General News of Thursday, 14 December 2017
The office of former President Jerry Rawlings has denied media reports that certain personalities including ex-President John Mahama are banned from participating in events marking the 36th anniversary of the 31st December Revolution.
A statement issued by the Local Organising Committee said the “publication is a complete fabrication and a calculated attempt by mischievous persons to water down the huge interest shown by cadres, supporters and sympathisers of the revolution since news broke that the celebration would be held in Ho.”
The statement said the anniversary events are open to all members of the public and that every 31st December and June 4th event in the past have been open to members of the public from all walks of life.
“It is instructive to note that formal invitations have been issued to former President Mahama, the leadership of the National Democratic Congress as well as other leading members of the party, which was spawned by the revolution.
“Former President Rawlings is not and has never been averse to the participation of any individual at such events and the public is urged to treat the said publication with utmost contempt.”
A route march in the regional capital, a durbar of chiefs and people, a wreath-laying ceremony and the lighting of the perpetual flame are among activities to mark the occasion, on the theme “Uniting around the principles of probity, accountability and social justice”.