NDC National executives leading the demonstration.
Hundreds of National Democratic
Congress (NDC) supporters hit the streets yesterday in a demonstration dubbed,
‘aagbewo’ to wit ‘they are killing us.’
The demonstration, organised by the
recently minted grouping, Inter-Party Coalition In Support Of National
Sovereignty, wound through some Accra streets and ended up with the leadership presenting
a petition to the Minister of the Interior and other heads of institutions.
The petition contained critical
demands, among them the resignation of the Minister for National Security,
Albert Kan-Dapaah; Minister of State in-charge of National Security, Bryan
Acheampong and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu.
Bernard Mornah, Chairman of the
People’s National Convention (PNC), who relied on the active support of the NDC
to put the demonstration together, has a dual loyalty to the aforementioned two
The organizers of the demonstration
claimed that there is a growing trend of violence in the country and demanded
an immediate cessation through a government intervention.
Clad in red to denote their
seriousness, the demonstrators were spurred on by the shooting incident which
occurred in a section of the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency during the
by-election which returned Lydia Seyram Alhassan, the NPP candidate, as the MP.
The Minority boycotted her
swearing-in process in Parliament on Tuesday, February, describing her as ‘bloody
the group, the demonstration was to protest the violence which marred the
by-elections in the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency last Thursday.
The petitioners accused the Minister
for National Security, Mr. Kan-Dapaah and Mr. Acheampong of “unlawfully
recruiting unqualified miscreants and hoodlums and equipping them with
state-owned military and police weapons and accoutrements to cause the mayhem
during the bye-election.”
The group blamed the IGP for losing
control of the Ghana Police Service and called for an overhaul of the system.
“We also demand an immediate
resignation of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Asante-Apeatu for losing
control of the Police Service to the extent that properties and equipment of
the police will be used in such a terror operation sanctioned by another
security agency with or without his knowledge.
“We also demand that the Ghana Police
Service be reconstructed to efficiently undertake its sworn mandate to defend
the constitution, as it is vested with the people’s power to act in defense of
the laws of the state,” he said.
The group also called for the
immediate arrest of all suspects involved in the violence to face the full
rigours of the law.
“If the service continues to prove
inept at this task and persist in the display of partisan interest, they will
have themselves to blame when the moment of reckoning arrives.
“We shall stand up for what is right
and defend the dignity and honour of the Police Service,” he stressed.
demonstration, which started at the Obra Spot near the Kwame Nkrumah
Interchange at 8:30am, went through the Ministry of Interior, Ghana Police
Headquarters and ended at the Jubilee House around 1:30pm.
At each of
these places, the leader of the group, Bernard Mornah, presented a petition to
the heads of the institutions.
Prominent among the demonstrators were the Chairman of the party, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, former Minister for Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, former Chief Executive (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Sylvester Mensah, NDC Women’s Organizer, Dr. Hanna Louisa Bissiw, former Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur and Member of Parliament (MP) for Klottey-Korley Constituency, Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings.N
By Nii Adjei Mensahfio
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