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‘March for justice’ demo: NDC youth petitions Nana Addo, parliament over ‘growing insecurity’

The protesting youth of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, submitted a petition to the presidency after their ‘March for Justice’ demonstration.

The National Youth Organizer of the party, George Opare Addo, led some members of the party to present the petition at the seat of government.

After reading out the content of the petition, he presented it to the Deputy Chief of Staff in charge of operations, Emmanuel Bossman, who gave assurances that the document will be given to President Akufo-Addo.

The group also presented a copy of the petition to parliament.

A deputy National Youth Organizer, Ruth Dela Seddoh presented the document to Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu.

There have been growing concerns about the use of the military for civil events that ordinarily should be handled by the police.

The incidents that have angered many include the killing of some Ghanaians during the 2020 election, the invasion of Parliament by soldiers, the latest killing of two persons, and the injuring of four others who were protesting at Ejura in the Ashanti Region.

The brutalization of some residents of the Upper West Region in Wa by some soldiers over a supposed stolen phone has also been widely condemned.

Armed robbery and murder cases have also been on the rise in parts of the country.

Thousands of members and sympathizers of the opposition Democratic Congress, NDC, participated in the protest march that saw them walk from the Accra Mall through Opeibea, the Lands Commission office, Christ the King Church and the Flagstaff House, before proceeding to parliament.

The supporters, most of whom are clad in red and black, sang and chanted with various placards communicating their grievances.

Their placards read various inscriptions including, “Ahmed Suale deserved to live, No justice for the dead, no peace, #WeAreAllKaaka, We feel your silence Akufo-Addo and Bawumia, Ghanaian lives matter” among others.

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MMDCEs Appointment: Police arrest ringleaders in Odododiodoo protest

No Sowah, No NPP' – Concerned Odododiodio youth chant against Adjei Sowah  replacement

The Police Service has arrested four residents in Odododiodoo for leading a protest in the constituency over the alleged removal of Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah from office.

The four; Salaami Bukari, 36, Daniel Opare Oman, 43, Edward Holm, 38, and Daniel Clottey, 41, according to a press statement signed by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Kwesi Ofori, blocked a section of the road in Jamestown by burning tyres on Saturday.

Their actions, the police said, created fear and disorder in the constituency. The four were apprehended few hours after the protest.

MMDCEs Appointment: Police arrest ringleaders in Odododiodoo protest

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Nat’l Security issues nationwide alert over MMDCEs announcement

The National Security Coordinator has issued security alerts to all security councils across the nation ahead of the announcement of metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs).

The alert, captured in the form of a memo, has the subject: ‘ANTICIPATING OF POSSIBLE VIOLENCE AHEAD OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF MMDCES’.

It was issued on Thursday, September 16 to chairs of regional security councils (REGSECs), municipal security councils (MUSECs) and district security councils (DISECs).

“There are indications of possible clashes ahead of the announcement of MMDCEs in parts of the country,” it stated.

“REGSEC, MUSEC and DISEC are hereby urged to be on high alert to pre-empt breach of peace in the respective areas.”

The announcement of the list is expected to be made on Sunday, September 19 by the Minister of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development, Daniel Botwe.

Already, pockets of violence have been recorded in some areas.

In Accra, for instance, some youth on Saturday, September 18 burnt tyres to protest the yet-to-be-known nominee of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

However, Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah has called for calm and support for whoever the president nominates.

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I support the President’s nomination – Adjei Sowah reacts to Odododiodoo MMDCE protests

The Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah
The Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah

The Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah has condemned protests against the reported nomination of a new Mayor.

In a statement denouncing any form of protest in his name, Mr Sowah urged all well-meaning Ghanaians to support the President’s nominations.

“I unequivocally denounce any form of disturbances in my name. As responsible citizens, we should recognise the president’s authority to nominate individuals of his choice to promote his agenda and it’s our duty to support the appointees to succeed,” the statement said.

He added: “I totally support all the president’s nominations and commit to continue to work towards the development of the country. I take this opportunity to call on all well-meaning Ghanaians, especially the NPP party faithful, to support His Excellency the President’s nominations.”

News of replacement

Multiple reports on news portals last Friday suggested that Mr Sowah was to be replaced by Madam Elizabeth Sackey, a former deputy regional minister for the Greater Accra region.

In reaction to those reports and the expected announcement of the Metropolitan Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) tomorrow, some youth in the Odododiodio Constituency embarked on a protest today.

“As a true grass root [sic] and a loyalist of the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition, Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah delivered Greater Accra against all odds by winning 21 seats as regional secretary in the 2016 elections, a portfolio he had held for two terms running. His appointment and having received a 100% confirmation on 24 March 2017 didn’t come as a fluke,” a statement issued by the youth said.

“Adjei Sowah has always prioritised sanitation which has long been an issue in Accra, at the nexus of public safety, public health, the informal economy (which employs about 75% of Accra’s residents) and emissions contributing to climate change. He’s constantly emphasised inclusivity and equity, which remains as his core work.

“He has been aligned to Accra’s development and [has aligned the city’s] budget framework to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) [which] has helped to maintain principles amid this COVID-19 pandemic. Under his tenure, Accra has committed to publishing a Voluntary Local Review (VLR) to report on the progress towards equity and sustainability, which is a first of its kind,” the statement said.

Arrests

Meanwhile, the Police have arrested four persons for allegedly causing public disorder at Jamestown during the “unlawful” protest.

The Police in a statement said: “The four, Salaami Abubakari, 36; Daniel Opare Oman,43; Edward Holm, 38 and Daniel Clottey, 41 years the ringleaders, led scores of people to allegedly block a road at Jamestown by burning car tyres, further creating a sense of fear and disorder”.

“Preliminary investigations suggest the unlawful protest was in response to the widely circulated list of potential Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCES).

“The Police Administration strongly cautions any individual or group of persons who intend to unlawfully assemble and cause mayhem over the publication of the prospective MMDCEs list or any other matter, to immediately abandon such plans or face the law”.

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