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“KUM YEN PREKO”? MORE LIKE “JOHNNIE WALKER WANNABES”, SAYS T GLO

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Deputy Minister of Transport and MP for Tema East, Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, says the widely publicised Kum Yen Preko demonstration today may end up being just one of the fancy John Mahama-funded Unity Walks.

Deputy Minister of Transport and MP for Tema East, Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, says the widely publicised Kum Yen Preko demonstration today may end up being just one of the fancy John Mahama-funded Unity Walks.

 

Arguing that no serious Ghanaian should take notice of it, he has referred the public to a host of development programmes that the New Patriotic Party government is introducing. Any argument by the NDC suggesting otherwise is ridiculous, he said.

Mr Titus-Glover ridiculed the planned demonstration as a move by “a bunch of ‘Johnnie Walker’ wannabes”, probably crying for the attention of the electorate.

Background

The NDC in the past couple of weeks has tried in vain to rally civil society to demonstrate against what the party insists is mismanagement on the part of the current government.

Whole classes of Ghanaians are suffering, the NDC has complained; the country is in insurmountable debt; workers are living on monkey wages and corruption is high among government appointees.

Replying, however, Mr Titus-Glover said: “The opposition members who will be led by former President John Mahama to walk felt they needed to exercise because they had been keeping company with the armchair for too long.”

NPP’s argument

“You see, life has improved a lot under President Akufo-Addo and the bumper harvest that the Planting for Food and Jobs programme has yielded has helped them to put on weight. And so they need to shed some of the weight, hence the desire to go and do ‘Johnnie Walker’ on Tuesday [today],” Mr Titus-Glover said.

The Tema East MP encouraged all NDC members and supporters to follow their leader to the “Kum Yen Preko” demonstration on Tuesday saying, “Exercise is good for the body.”

Mass motive

The opposition NDC is preparing to lead an anti-government demonstration today against the supposed hardship in the country under President Nana Akufo-Addo.

The NDC, according to its communicators, is not the only party billed to take part; other opposition parties and interest groups such as civil society organisations will also be hitting the principal streets of Accra to picket en masse.

The organisers insist that John Mahama will be there to lead the demonstration.

Fire all cylinders

But Mr Titus-Glover has observed that the claimed motive behind the demonstration is flimsy. Evidence on the ground, he says, shows that Ghanaians are not dying under President Akufo-Addo as the name of the demonstration (“You Might As Well Kill Us First”) suggests.

“Children are going to school for free under Free SHS, producers are enjoying bumper harvests because of agro initiatives like Planting for Food and Jobs; graduates are getting temporary jobs on which they will get skills for the future under the NaBCo programme; roads are being built and our macroeconomy shows a clean bill of health.”

In addition, he insists, “Inflation is single-digit today and our education and health institutions are firing on all cylinders … Yet still you say you are dying because of hardship? How?”

Mischief-makers

Mr Titus-Glover says the NDC can only be up to one thing: political mischief.

The leading opposition party, which is already reeling under the weight of corruption and incompetence charges, cannot be expected ever to say anything good about the NPP government, the MP says. All its members can do is to find an excuse to design an activity with a fancy title, just for media consumption.

“In life, when you do too much mischief, mischief begins to do you. Because of mischief, you will be a Johnnie Walker at your own ‘Kum Yen Preko’ demonstration,” Titus-Glover mocked.