– Enough Is Enough!
… Warns of building sentiment against NPP witch-hunting
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s use of the machine of state to target and tyrannize actors of the erstwhile NDC regime has gone too far enough to make avenging angels of the youth of the opposition party.
In a stand-up objection, therefore, Deputy National Youth Organizer of the NDC, Kobby Barlon, has demanded an immediate cessation of the persecution, saying the demand is a last warning to the Akufo-Addo government.
“Honestly, we have restrained ourselves long enough, I think the time has come for the NPP to stop the persecutions or incur a forceful resistance,” Mr. Barlon told The Gazette in an interview yesterday.
He hints at an upcoming direct revolt against what he says is state tyranny that will not flatter the NPP government even though it would all be by legal means, if the persecution does not stop.
The NPP government, since coming into office on January 7, this year, has pursued a policy of going after appointees of former President John Mahama.
Among people who have fallen prey are former Power Minister, Kwabena Donkor; Deputy Energy Minister, John Jinapor; former MASLOC CEO, Sedina Tamakloe-Ationu, and brother of President Mahama, Ibrahim Mahama.
Apparently, however, the public hounding of these former regime actors by the Economic and Organized Crimes Office (EOCO) and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service is just a tidbit of widespread regime cruelty going on.
The NDC Deputy National Youth Organizer tells of ongoing secret invitations and hounding of NDC regime actors with many victims suffering freezes to bank accounts.
“On the basis of spurious allegations that the government conjures, former appointees are being deprived of rights to their bank accounts, while they are made to frequent offices of EOCO and the police CID.
“Even though these victims are forced to spend precious time to respond to invitations to such offices, they mostly are made to frequent these offices without any serious charges being made against them.”
Mr. Barlon said the tactic of the government clearly shows an agenda to just hound such former appointees and get them distraught. in spite of their inalienable rights under the 1992 constitution.
He said, while pursuing political opponents, the government has itself been embroiled in corruption, even as fall armyworms destroy crops and leave in place the possibility of serious food shortages in future.
“Nobody should get me wrong, I am not against prosecution of people that the government genuinely has evidence to prosecute but witch-hunting cannot be accepted and we will resist it if it does not stop.”
The warning by the opposition party’s youth organizer comes just a few months into a warning of President Akufo-Addo by the NDC’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, who had said the NDC was being tempted by Akufo-Addo’s incompetence on the matter of security to lead a social revolution.
Yesterday, Mr. Kobby Barlon hinted that the youth of the NDC may just start that revolution over deliberate witch-hunt of former regime actors.
He said in the perpetration of the witch-hunt, the NPP government is using the Executive Director of EOCO, Mr. KK Amoah, as the main hatchet man.
“We are aware of how persons like Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko have been given offices at the seat of government to just come up with frivolous accusations that are fed to the EOCO boss who then acts on it like a zombie.
“In the coming days, we shall mobilize to send a strong warning to the NPP government that enough is enough!” Mr. Barlon said.
He said the youth wing of the NDC has since the advent of the NPP administration, been compiling the numerous instances of persecution of former regime actors by the Akufo-Addo government, revealing it is to the purpose that the legal revolt against the tyranny of the NPP will be based on concrete evidence.
He urged all former NDC government appointees and their families, who suffer regime victimization, to report at the party headquarters and get their experiences added to a dossier being compiled.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Fiifi Samuels