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General News of Monday, 11 May 2020

Source: Class FM

It's about human survival not political survival – Ablakwa fires back at Akufo-Addo

The Member of Parliament for North Tongu Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has said he disagrees with President Akufo-Addo’s assertion that some political actors will want Ghanaians to believe that the government has failed with its COVID-19 fight due to the rising numbers in positive cases for their political survival.

Nana Akufo-Addo addressing Ghanaians on the COVID-19 situation on Sunday, 10 May 2020 said “I know some political actors would want you to believe that our current numbers represent a failure on the part of the government” but “do not begrudge them”, adding: “They need to make such comments for their political survival”.

The President reported that the numbers of confirmed cases that have been announced since Friday, 8 May, are current daily figures since all the backlog of samples have been cleared.

“So, as of today, Sunday, 10 May 2020, the country has conducted a total of 160,501 tests with our total number of infections standing at 4,700; 494 recoveries, five persons being critically ill and 4, 179 persons responding to treatment,” he stated.

Responding to the President, the North Tongu lawmaker in a Facebook said: “I respectfully and vehemently disagree with President Akufo-Addo. This is not about political survival; it is all about human survival.”

According to him, “from Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Keir Rodney Starmer, Bobi Wine to many other political opponents in any vibrant democracy; offering constructive critique and suggesting policy alternatives, particularly at a trying time like this, are considered a positive, worthy and progressive feature of democratic development.”

The war against COVID-19, in Mr Ablakwa’s view, requires “our collective contributions and no credible and responsible political opposition is expected to keep mute or sit on the fence for that matter. The contributions of the Ghanaian political opposition led by Former President John Mahama in terms of making expertise available to the nation and providing material support including PPEs, free distribution of face masks, food relief and other kinds of support for the vulnerable should not be dismissed.”

“Let us all learn to be tolerant of each other and we count on President Akufo-Addo to set a better example. Together we shall defeat the marauding virus and humanity shall survive in a much stronger come back,” he added.

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