All Set For AFAG Demo


Dr Nana Ayew Afriyie
All seems set for the much talked-about ‘Aagbe Wↄ’ demonstration being put together by the Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG). The proposed protest march aims at challenging the increasing corruption in officialdom and the high cost of living in the country.

The demonstration, which is expected to start at the popular Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra at about 8:00 am tomorrow, would end at the famous Hearts Park.

AFAG Chairman, Dr Nana Ayew Afriyie, who spoke to DAILY GUIDE yesterday, said ‘Everything is set for the demonstration which promises to be massive.

‘The police have assured us of their readiness to provide security and AFAG’s own security arrangements will be made to assist the police. We have met with a cross-section of the society ranging from the jobless to the working class, traders, drivers and artisans, we also have the support of our compatriots from the various opposition parties who are ready to join the demonstration to show government how bad the country has become and how corruption is killing us.’

As a group whose advocacy borders on accountable governance, he said ‘We can state without any shred of doubt that this NDC government is insincere, lacks competence, transparency and above all, very corrupt.’

This, he said, was evident in the fact that ‘almost every policy to promote the interest of the people has been fraught with corruption, resulting in the mass hopelessness plaguing this country.’

Validation
He recalled a recent comment by the Majority Leader in Parliament, Alban Bagbin, who is a key member of the ruling National Democratic Congress government. He quoted Bagbin as saying, “All the people I groomed, some of whom are ministers now – I have spent almost 24 years in parliament – I can’t compare myself to them when we talk about acquisition of property; but because you see me in a Land cruiser – which is my official vehicle – you think I’m enjoying.”

This was during a presentation at a lecture on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, organized by the Centre for Socialist Democracy.

For the AFAG leader, Bagbin’s comment summed it all that ‘Over-enjoyment by public officials is the cause of our economic woes.’

Much as he admitted that ‘the NDC may have the intention to deliver’, the AFAG boss said ‘they lack the will to execute any policy to the common benefit of Ghanaians.’

In view of the fact that no one is exempted from what he described as mass hardship, Dr. Afriyie indicated, ‘The AFAG demo will give a unique platform to the ordinary Ghanaian to speak his or her mind on issues threatening his or her survivability.’

He added, ‘It’s either you are worse off, and want a change or better off, and want John Mahama and his incompetent regime to continue reigning.’

According to Nana Afriyie, ‘Simply put, it’s either you are happy about the consequences of ‘create, loot and share’ (hikes in prices of goods/services and over-taxation) or not.’

Charge
He charged, ‘We need a spirited determination to overcome the oppressive rule of John Mahama; it’s not about how to win power; it’s about how to manage power in the best interest of the Ghanaian.’

By Charles Takyi-Boadu

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