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Politics of Monday, 20 April 2020

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You made a good decision by lifting lockdown - NDC’s Ras Mubarak backs Akufo-Addo

Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Kumbungu in the Northern Region, Ras Mubarak has lauded President Akufo-Addo’s decision to lifts his partial lockdown of parts of the country.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday announced the suspension of the partial lockdown imposed on the Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Areas as well as Kasoa and Tema effective Monday, April 20. The decision follows an upsurge in the number of Coronavirus cases recorded which presently stands at 1,042.

However, contrary to the views of his party, Mr Ras Mubarak had praise for the President, citing the impact of the lockdown on poor people.

“Good decision to lift the restrictions. Poor people bore the full brunt of the lockdown and God knows what they’ve been through” he wrote on his Facebook page.

The President has come under fire from many Ghanaians, particularly from elements of the opposition NDC over his decision to lift the lockdown.

For example, the NDC’s Sammy Gyamfi said the decision was politically-motivated and taken to allow the Electoral Commission proceed with the compilation of a new voters register.

“The lifting of the partial lockdown by President Akufo-Addo, at a time the country is witnessing astronomical increases in positive COVID-19 cases, particularly horizontal infections, is totally premature and lacks scientific basis.”

Also, security analyst, Adib Saani warned that the decision by the president to lift the partial lockdown of Accra and Kumasi is a dangerous gamble that could backfire. In a statement, Mr Saani said the President decision could lead to peak mortality in the next few days.

“It is worth noting that, almost all world leaders including US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who ignored WHO warnings, are licking their wounds today. I am not sure we would want to get there. Besides, how effective would enforcing the social distancing protocols be?” he asked.

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