The Coalition of Concerned Ghanaians’ “Yentua” demonstration is in motion with thousands of protesters advocating for the abolition of the Electronic Transfer Levy (E-levy) on the streets of Accra.
The protest has been characterised by, but not limited to reminiscences from the time when the sitting president, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, and his vice, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia were in opposition.
Some placards on the display recall some tweets and statements from the two.
One tweet from the president dated February 18, 2012, said “The cost of living and the cost of fuel is the highest in Ghana today”.
A different one tweeted on December 5, 2016, from the vice president announced “#GhanaDesrvesBetter not high interest rate, high taxes and depreciation of our currency which are collapsing businesses”.
On April 19, 2015, Akufo-Addo tweeted, “We will move away from high budget deficits and reckless borrowing because we know of the benefits of fiscal responsibility”.
On July 9, 2016, Akufo-Addo, still in opposition, tweeted, “So between myself and President Mahama, who was lying to the people?”
Other placards read: “We know how to bring the economy back, we know how to bring the economy back nu saa na E-levy? Such lazy thinkers”, “We have the men” is RUNNING a CAA1 economy” Moody’s”, “Where I’d the 240 billion you have borrowed”, etc.
Protesters clad in Red and black clothes, are on their way to present their petition to the Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament.
The Coalition is made up of at least seven groups including political parties, Civil Society Organisations, and students.
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini