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General News of Wednesday, 2 July 2014


Demonstrators to “Occupy Parliament House” in next protest

Organizers of ‘Occupy Flagstaff House’ demonstration say Ghana’s Parliament is next on the list of institutions they plan to occupy.

After staging what they describe as a successful protest against the Executive arm of government on Tuesday, Nana Akwesi Awuah, convener of the group called the Concerned Ghanaians for Responsible Governance told Citi News, their next move is to get the Legislature to also sit up.

Tuesday’s protest was aimed at getting the President to address challenges facing the country such as the erratic supply of electricity, unreliable supply of potable water, the depreciating value of the cedi, the delayed implementation of the Senchi Consensus, prosecution of corrupt public officials, among others.

Mr. Awuah noted that the group will get Parliament to be proactive in holding government accountable.

He indicated that the group wants to make every arm of government responsible and be accountable to Ghanaians.

“We put them there for a reason. The only arm of government we don’t get to choose is the Judiciary,” he said.

Mr. Awuah said the leadership of the group will soon meet to deliberate on how to go about that demonstration because “there are so many forms of protest and it may come in a different form than what you saw yesterday.”

Meanwhile, the Convention People’s Party (CPP) is urging Ghanaians to capitalize on existing structures including political parties, in protesting against governments rather than using loose organizations.

The party’s General Secretary, Ivor Greenstreet told Citi News, Ghanaians should critically assess the existing political parties and partner with them to demand accountability.

“I think if they are going to achieve any significant aims, then it should be through that formal process rather than the informal process which nobody knows quite where it will lead,” he remarked.