Today, May 11, marks exactly 21 years since the imfamousÂ Kume Preko Demonstration in which eight demonstrators died after police brutalities.
Thousands of Ghanaians joined the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to demonstrate against the introduction of Value Added Tax(VAT) and the general economic hardships in 1995. The police tried to stop the demonstration saying it ewas illegal but the protesters refused Â leading to the deaths of eight of the demonstrators and many injured.
The government at the time led by former President JJ Rawlings was blamed for unleashing the police on the protesters.
Reminiscing on the incident, founding Â member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, has described the current â€˜love affairâ€™ between Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Former President Rawlings and his wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings is strange since the latter meted out inhumane treatment against Kume Preko demonstrators some 21 years.
Speaking on Atinka FM on Wednesday, he noted it is very surprising to see the flagbearer of the NPP flirting with the Rawlingses after what some NPP members went through in the hands of former President Rawlings after staging arguably the biggest political demonstration in the history of Ghana.
â€œThis sort of marriage between Jerry John Rawlings and the wife is very interesting. Maybe a lot of people have not taken note of that. It is very interesting. Because we had a nasty experience with this couple; so lately now to see Akufo-Addo in bed with Rawlings and the wife is something that must be watched carefully. I believe strongly political observers are watching. Out of Kumi Preko, we lost about eight people till this very day nothing has been done about it.â€
He also touched on the fact that when the NPP came into power, they failed to compensate families of the eight people who died in the demonstration. He added, â€œtwo years ago, President John Dramani Mahama gave me a telephone call and requested to meet the families of those who lost their lives in that demonstration, atinkafmonline reported.