As Rich Men Demo Flops….
Government is prompting the general public to disregard information that went viral on social media that, President John Mahama, has resigned as head of state, however, the Criminal Investigative Department (CID) and the Ghana Police Service, has been tasked to investigate the source of the letter.
A statement issued last Monday and signed by a Deputy Minister of Information and Media Relations, Felix Kwakye Ofosu said, the fake letter which also had a forged signature of the President was a “product of criminal machinations by faceless elements with a view to sowing seeds of panic, anxiety and chaos within the Ghanaian society”.
The letter came ahead of yesterday’s demonstration dubbed, “OccupyFlastaffHouse”, suggesting President Mahama, had run away from the presidency.
The demonstration itself, turned out to be a total flop with less than 400 people turning up, although the Accra-based Joy FM was loudly heard virtually directing human traffic to the place to soar up the numbers.
Notable faces among the demonstrators were; George Andah, formerly of MTN, Lawyer Ace Annan Ankomah, Yoofi Grant, Ken Ofori-Atta; both members of the NPP, Tony Senaya of the Horseman Shoes among others. They are arguably some of the rich men in town doing well in their chosen careers.
Mr. Ofosu’ letter continued that, due to the severity of the issue, government has formally instructed the Criminal Investigative Department (CID) and Ghana Police Service to thoroughly investigate the matter and bring perpetuator(s) into the book. In the early part of Monday, news went.
“Government takes this opportunity to assure the people of Ghana that President John Dramani Mahama remains eternally committed to abiding by the oath that he swore before them to serve them diligently with the highest ethical and moral standards”, the statement said.
The statement continued that “President Mahama continues to discharge his responsibilities as President of the Republic of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed forces.
He is at the forefront of efforts to bring an improvement in the quality of life of the people of this country”.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief of Staff, Valery Sawyer, received the petition of the ‘Occupy Flagstaff House’ demonstrators on behalf of the President.
She assured the protesters that the Mahama government was a listening government and would certainly address their concerns.
The demonstration took place at the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park in Accra after the Police denied the protesters permission to picket at the Flagstaff House.
They later massed up at the TV3 premises near the Flagstaff House in a bid to get access into the Flagstaff House. They also wanted to eat at the Afrikiko Restaurant near the Flagstaff House, but were turned away.
About two government officials, approached the protesters to receive the petition on behalf of the President but they were turned away with a demand of seeing the President personally.
This demand was granted by the Police, and six persons were selected to present the group’s petition at the Flagstaff House.
‘Occupy Flagstaff House’ was a demonstration staged by a group called Concerned Ghanaians for Responsible Governance to protest the current economic hardship and the leadership paralysis being experienced in the country.
Concerns raised in the petition were that the erratic supply of electricity nationwide, the unreliable supply of potable water across the country, the ever-depreciating value of the cedi, constant increases in taxes, inefficient revenue collection, very poor road networks and constant increments in utility tariffs.
Frequent increase in the prices of petroleum products, government’s inability to make statutory payments timeously to schools, health facilities and other state institutions, government’s inability to address labour-related issues on a timely basis and government’s inability to exhibit decisive leadership in the fight against corruption were as raised.
Government’s inability to kick out incompetent and non-performing appointees, the over-politicization of socio-economic issues along partisan lines, government’s inability to create job opportunities for the youth and fresh graduates, government’s inability to effectively regulate small scale mining (galamsey) activities and improper administrative decisions taken by some government officials were also of concern to the demonstrators
Also raised in the petition were “lack of proper communicative skills on the part of some government officials, the Non-Passage of the Freedom of Information Bill, the Non-Implementation of the Senchi Consensus and government’s inability to tackle perennial flooding in the capital city and elsewhere in Ghana”.