The leader and flagbearer of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo, on many occasions, proved to the Ghanaian citizenry that his political party NPP is above the laws of the Republic of Ghana. Below are some of the occasions where he showed to the Ghanaian citizens that they are above the law.
NO COVID-19 PROTOCOLS AT THE NPP PRIMARIES
The President in his 7th address to the nation eased the restrictions on movement in the Greater Accra, Kasoa and the Greater Kumasi areas. He further explained that the decision to ease the restrictions were backed by science and medical professionals were consulted.
This made Ghana the first African country to lift the lockdown though the number of infected cases was increasing.
“I have taken decision to lift the three weeks old restriction on movement in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, Kasoa and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and its contiguous districts, with effect from 1:00 am on Monday 20th April 2020. In effect tomorrow will see the partial lockdown in Accra and Kumasi being lifted” said the President.
The President went on to say that the suspension public gatherings will continue. In May, Nana Akufo-Addo removed the suspension of certain public gatherings but to a certain number of people in attendance, i.e. hundred (100). Few weeks after this declaration, the NPP announced that they will be going for their primaries to elect their parliamentary candidates.
This event saw over 200 delegates overcrowding at all the polling stations with little or no regard for the coronavirus safety protocols.
Meanwhile, the NPP assured Ghanaians they will practice all the safety protocols but did not practice any of them. This act which is punishable by law saw not even a single NPP delegate being brought to law. “Ordinary” citizens are being arrested and prosecuted for floating the rules whiles NPP members are going about freely with little or no respect for the law. The president only came out to announce that “what happened at the NPP primaries shouldn’t happen again”.
NANA B VISITED SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE ASHANTI REGION
The national youth organizer of the NPP, Henry Nana Boakye (Nana B), visited students of Kumasi Anglican Secondary School (KASS) on Saturday 11th 2020. This act goes contrary to the Ghana Education Service’s Guidelines for Schools: Operating Safe and Healthy Schools during the COVID-19 Reopening, part of which states firmly that:
“DURING THE FIRST PHASE OF THE REOPENING, VISITORS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED INTO BOARDING SCHOOL CAMPUS AS A MEASURE TO REDUCE AND PREVENT EXPOSURE OF STUDENTS. DURING THE PERIOD THAT STUDENTS ARE IN SCHOOL, THE EXISTING PROTOCOLS FOR COMMUNICATING THEIR WARDS WILL CONTINUE TO EXIST TO ALLOW PARENTS AND GUARDIANS ACCESSS.”
Last week, a parent was denied access to her ward three consecutive times, later that week, it was alleged the child died of ulcer at the KNUST SHS. The teachers failed to communicate with the parent and called her only when the situation got worse due to the directives from the GES.
Meanwhile, as parent was denied access to their wards, the NPP youth organizer was permitted entry into the Kumasi Anglican Secondary School (KASS). Also, no political party is allowed to campaign in schools according to the GES, but Mr. Boakye was allowed to do that. As at today, 15th July 2020, no legal actions have been taken against Nana B. If it an ordinary citizen or a member of the NDC, he would have been brought to book by now.
HE HIMSELF REFUSING TO WEAR MASK
On 15th June 2020, H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo signed an Executive Instrument (E.I 164) outlining the mandatory wearing of nose masks or face coverings in public, part of which states:
“A PERSON WHO FAILS TO COMPLY WITH THIS EXECUTIVE INSTRUMENT WILL FACE A FINE BETWEEN GHS 12,000 AND GHS 60,000 OR A TERM OF IMPRISONMENT BETWEEN FOUR(4) AND TEN(10) YEARS.”
Meanwhile, the President has shown up for many events without wearing any face covering or nose mask, this made majority of the citizens refer to him whenever they are being asked why they are not wearing the nose mask or face coverings. In an interview with Kwami Sefa Kayi, the Minister of Information, Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah stated that the reason why the President does not wear his face coverings during meetings is that, all the other people he is having the meeting with are wearing theirs.
On the other end, when you sit in a commercial vehicle and all the passengers are wearing their face covering except one, the police arrest that person. So if that is the case, why hasn’t the President been arrested?
AT HIS ACCLAMATION EVENT
The New Patriotic Party on Saturday 27th June 2020, officially selected Nana Akufo-Addo as their presidential candidate for the 2020 general election. The event which took place at the Alisa Hotel in Accra saw over 200 members of the NPP and the general public which exceeds the maximum number the President said in his national broadcast.
According to him, the number of people at all social gatherings should not exceed a hundred, but during his acclamation, the number of persons who showed up was more than two hundred. The President and his NPP members disobeyed all the laws the President made.
In the critical times, the President asked the entire nation to fast for Ghana, but after that, he allowed church services to go on for a maximum of one hour but allowed his political party to have a meeting which lasted for more than an hour.
With all these, you can see Nana Akufo-Addo has shown the Ghanaian citizens clearly that NPP is above the law.
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