The Minority Caucus in parliament on Thursday afternoon stormed out from the chamber of parliament over what they termed, ” an attempt to distort” the country history by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.
The minority action occasioned by a Bill triggered by the government to make some changes in the country Holidays calendar.
During the debate, tempers between the Minority and the Majority over the bill which proposed changes to some of the statutory holidays.
According to the Minority side of the august House, the changes is an overt attempt by the Akufo Addo led NPP government to rewrite the history of Ghana to include his Father and Uncles whose contributing to the struggle of Ghana independent has not been recognized by the previous NDC administration.
Currently, there is a Founder’s Day, which is celebrated on September, 21; the birthday of the first President,Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah
It was instituted by the NDC government under late President John Evans Atta Mills with the collective endorsement by the Africa Union (AU).
But the NPP of the Danquah -Busia political tradition felt that, that was discriminatory. They believed though, Kwame Nkrumah led the Convention People Party (CPP) to wrestle the Independent from the British Colony, he was not the only person in that battle and that others effort must be recognized.
In the view of the Danquah-Busia tradition elements, the real founding day for Ghana was on August 4, 1897, the Aborigines’ Rights Protection Society (ARPS) was founded to resist colonial rule, which started Ghana’s long walk to freedom.
The bill, previously justified by President Nana Akufo-Addo himself, seeks to scrap some statutory holidays and replace them with new ones.
January 7, which is the date on which the 1992 Constitution came into force and on which Presidents are sworn into office will be celebrated as Constitution Day.
The bill also seeks to make August 4, Founders’ Day; the most controversial of all.
However, the Minority NDC insist the ‘anti-Nkrumah’ NPP government is bent on rewriting history in an effort to obliterate Nkrumah’s memory.
The Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu said they concede a lot of people played a role in Ghana’s independence struggle but “there was an icon and that icon is Kwame Nkrumah.”
“The history of this country will not be distorted. We will not allow our heritage to be ripped,”Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, MP for North Tongu stated.
The Majority leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, debunked the Minority argument and insisted nobody is rewriting history.
He argued that the change “will recognise the role of all others” in the founding of Ghana, adding that, the bill, when passed will also remove July 1; currently celebrated as Republic Day, as a holiday.
May 25, which is also observed as holiday to commemorate African Union Day, would also be taken off.
The Minority walked when the debate was getting heated.
Source: therepublicnewdonli email.com/Felix Nyaaba