The Minister for Information, Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has indicated that The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo is unhappy with the frequent blocking of residents from demonstrating in Ghana. He says the desire of the President is sometimes not what is seen happening on the ground. He was speaking in a telephone interview with Bernard Avle on the Point of View Program.
It seems the air is clear now about the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo’s opinion on people demonstrating against his government. For some time now, some group of persons have tried to demonstrate against the challenges in the country that needs fixing, but their efforts have been blocked by the police several times.
One of such cases recently landed in court by the Fix the country campaigners. At Ejisu in the Ashanti Region recently, two persons were killed in a protest to seek justice for a brother who had died. The NDC has also indicated their decision to demonstrate soon over all the brouhaha and the economic hardships in the country.
Most people have opined that the President is behind the blocking of demonstrations by the Police because he does not want his government to be criticized. Examples have been cited in various situations where President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo participated in demonstrations when his party was in opposition. A cross-section of Ghanaians is wondering why the situation is different under his government.
But the stance of the President has been clarified. The President, According to Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah is not uncomfortable in any way with people expressing their displeasure by various means including protest.
The clear distinction is that people are appointed to serve various positions in government. Heads of some institutions have their working codes of conduct due to the nature of their work. The police for example can decide to block people from demonstrating due to security reasons and that has nothing to do with the President.
In a summary of his interview, Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah believes the desire of the President is mostly not what happens on the ground. “That is why you realized the president had to properly articulate a full investigation in the matter of the Ejisu shooting incident, because what the president desires is not what we sometimes found on the ground”. He noted.
If such is the case, then the president with all the executive powers must command the police to allow every citizen who wants to demonstrate, including #Fixthecuntry conveners to do so now. This will go a long way to clear the name of the President attacked in the rampant blockage by the police.
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