AFAG Demo Hits Accra

Some of the AFAG demonstrators on the streets of Accra. Photo Daniel AmooThousands of people in Accr, yesterday joined forces with pro-opposition pressure group, the Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG), to demonstrate against increasing corruption and bad economic policies of the government which, they said, had brought undue hardship on the people.

Christened “Agbe wo demo”, meaning “We are being killed,” the demonstrators, drawn from all walks of life, mostly clad in red to register their frustration, sang patriotic songs, amidst dancing and marched through the principal streets of Accra with placards of different inscriptions.

Some of the inscriptions were ‘Mahama must go’, ‘Mahama is a joker’, ‘Ghana is sinking’, ‘China Parliament’, among others.

The demonstrators moved at a snail pace from the Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, through Adabraka before converging on the Hearts Park, in Accra bringing business activities to a halt as many shop owners abandoned their shops to join the protest.

School children from the Mantse Tackie Liberty Cluster of Schools at Adabraka and the Independence Avenue Schools in the Central Business District of Accra, left their classrooms and stood on the shoulders of the streets to show solidarity with the demonstrators, resulting in intense traffic congestion.

The demonstration was also joined by some leading members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) including party chairman Mr. Paul Afoko, General Secretary Mr. Kwabena Agyapong, Youth Organiser Mr. Sammy Awuku, Minority leader Mr. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, Deputy Minority leader Mr. Dominic Nitiwul, Member of Parliament (MP) for Ablekuma West Mrs Ursula Owusu, MP for Tema West Mrs. Irene Naa Torshie Addo and some other members of the Peoples National Convention and the Convention Peoples Party.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghanaian Times on the sidelines of the protest march, Mr. Awuku said the march signals the “beginning of a long struggle towards freedom in 2016. The Ghanaian people as we speak are in bondage and we need to break this chain and shackles of poverty this NDC government has inflicted on us.”

On her part, Ursula Owusu said it was time the government is made aware of its responsibility of creating a congenial environment for businesses to grow while ensuring accountability in all sectors of the Ghanaian economy.

“I expect them to behave like the listening government they claim they are” she said of her expectations of the government after the demonstration.

Addressing the crowd at the Hearts Park, Mr. Kyei Mensah Bonsu accused the government of misapplying oil funds, collapsing policies of the erstwhile Kufour administration and charged the government to heed to the demand of labour unions over their Tier Two pension fund.

Greater Accra Regional Police Commander DSP Christian Tetteh Yohono speaking with the press after the march congratulated the organizers of the match for an incident free march apart from a nearly confrontational situation between the police and the protesters which was amicably resolved

Meanwhile, a National Vice Chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress Mr. Danny Annan has accused the NPP and its allies of “insincerity intended to score cheap political points.”

According to him, “the NPP is very much known for skewing facts to discredit the government and its policies.”

He said Ghanaians must not be surprised at the conduct of the NPP “because even what is white, they will turn it to be black.”

In his view President Mahama’s admission that the economy is challenged depicts a honest government.

He has however urged the electorate to shun the NPP at the 2016 general elections.

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