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But US Immigration Officers Get Ready To Catch & Deport Illegal Burgers
All is set for a well thought out demonstration by US-based members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) against President John Dramani Mahama, who is visiting that country on the invitation of President Barack Obama to attend the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC.
They claim to be demonstrating against the so-called collapsed NHIS, unprecedented cedi depreciation, erratic power supply, high fuel prices, unpaid salaries and arrears and the general high cost of living in the face of the profligate life style of President Mahama and his appointees.
Other reasons they have assigned for the protest are the suspicious payment of monies to individuals and organizations, such as; GYEEDA, SADA, SUBAH, WOYOMEGATE, World Cup fiasco, among others.
Wednesday’s planned demonstration this paper gathered, is being organized by NPP members under the guise of “Concerned Ghanaians”. Interestingly, most of the protesters have been described as illegal immigrants on the wanted list of the US immigration officers, and likely to be arrested and deported back to Ghana.
President Mahama, who is one of the few African leaders invited to the US, would also be signing the second compact of the Millennium Challenge Account, worth more than half a billion dollars to be devoted to power and the energy sector.
The NPP demonstration follows last Wednesday’s publication of the content of a video recording, revealing how Nana Akufo-Addo; the 2012 NPP presidential candidate, tasked party supporters in United Kingdom (UK) to “increase temperature” by way of demonstration to draw the attention of the British government to Ghana.
In the video, Nana Addo was heard raining insults on officials of the Electoral Commission (EC) calling them “rogue elements”, and encouraged his supporters never to relent on their effort to stage a series of demonstration,.
Days after the video went viral on social media; “The Herald” has in its possession yet again, a well designed advertisement announcing an impending demonstration scheduled for August 6, 2014, at the US Department of State Washington DC [22nd & c Street North West [NW] Southside Washington DC, which will serve as a meeting point.
The advertisement invited people to “Join the Demo Against John Mahama’s Corrupt and Bad Governance, As Mahama Visits the USA”.
The time for the four-hour demonstration by the Ghanaian “burgers” is 11:00am to 3:00pm.
Protesters were asked to “…bring along; Bullhorn, Cardboard Placards, drums etc”.
This is not the first time that NPP members in the US especially, are organizing such demonstration. Last year, during the Election Petition hearing, NPP supporters in the US and UK organized demonstrations, accusing President Mahama of wanting to influence the nine Supreme Court justices sitting on the case.
In the case of the UK protest, it was held in front of the Prime Minister, David Cameron’s residence, Number 10 Downing Street and House of Commons.
Recently, the NPP in Kumasi, held a demonstration against President Mahama, claiming he was subjecting the Ashanti Region to prolong days of darkness as part of load shedding exercise, unlike other regions.
It was later followed with a nationwide protest by organized labour led by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), over current economic hardship. That demonstration was heavily infiltrated by the NPP elements.
Meanwhile, the Head of Communications and Presidential Spokesperson at the Flagstaff House, Ben Dotsei Malor, said the acquisition of the financial facility from the Millennium Challenge Corporation, would ensure the delivery of safe, reliable and secured power to Ghanaians to spur economic growth and create other opportunities.
Mr. Malor said, more than $300 million of the facility would be used for the modernization of utilities such as; Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCO).