Organizers of the ‘Yewu Demonstration’ at Techinam in the Bono region last Saturday , are planning more of such protests to pile pressure on government to address the growing insecurity, intimidation and difficulty facing Ghanaians.
The exercise ended peacefully after initial tension triggered by a failed attempt by some traditional authorities to scuttle the exercise. The coalition, which is made up of about seven political parties and some civil society groups had initially vowed to clash with any group of persons who may be deployed to stop their protest.
Hundreds including some key opposition political party leaders, PNC’s Bernard Mornah who is Chairman of the National Coalition For Sovereignty, NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nkektia, National Women’s Organizer, Dr Liusa Hannah Bissiw joined scores of supporters and ordinary Ghanaians for the peaceful protest which brought Techiman township to a standstill.
NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia who joined key speakers after the peaceful walk, condemned journalists and media houses which allowed themselves to be used by government agents to disrupt the protest.
Addressing the media, NDC General Secretary, JohnsonA siedu Nketiah said ….“ those who do not understand politics and governance will always allow themselves to be misled by government so they are not exposed. those who were trying to discourage people from attending must know that where there is violence, none will be spared. we have witnessed what happened in Cote D’Iviore, Togo and other countries where the EC was used to disenfranchise people from participating in elections in those countries. So if we rise to protest against any form of political intimidation, growing insecurity or manipulation at the EC, we as good citizens like many others must join?
He added….”the EC’s is losing credibility and we shall rise up against it. If newly appointed EC Chairperson and her deputy can describe NDC as a threat to democracy, then they do not deserve to be at post. I know the traditional leaders at Techiman and I am surprised about rumours that they were against this demonstration. I believe someone is trying to soil their image. The Techimanhene was a member of the National Peace Council and I respect his views and believe he cannot be manipulated”
The National Coalition For Sovereignty has served notice to government and the Electoral Commission against any attempt to manipulate the 2020 elections as defeat is already staring at them.