The host of Joy FM’s news analysis show, Newsfile, has skewered President Nana Addo and the political class for breaching COVID-19 protocols during the funeral rites of the late New Patriotic Party General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, aka, Sir John.
According to Samson Lardy Anyenini, there is a danger for the Ghanaian society if leaders make rules and then break them recklessly without any consequences.
During a monologue on a segment of his show dubbed “Samson’s take,” he noted that parliament during the onset of COVID-19 passed the imposition of restriction law to give the president powers to impose restrictions based on the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
“This was because COVID-19 is a public health crisis for which government must protect lives,” he said.
He further noted that based on the law passed by parliament, the president banned rallies and other gatherings. However, the president and the political class went ahead to break the laws to campaign for votes.
For him, it appears the COVID-19 laws only punish poor and vulnerable citizens. He also cited the recent arrest of some members of the Christ Embassy Church for breaching COVID-19 protocols.
According to Samson, the COVID-19 laws prevent the release of bodies killed by COVID-19 to families for burial. He noted that such corpses must be buried without ceremonies.
“Mr. President, you just breach that law again with all who matter in your government,” he said, citing the president’s attendance of the funeral of Sir John.
He said the president put his life at risk by filing past the corpse of Sir John.
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