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Akufo Addo To Blame For Mass Gatherings During Campaign Tours Despite Covid-19 – Mahama

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Flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has bemoaned the large crowds that meets political party leaders during their campaign tours amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to him, the blame should be laid at the doorstep of President Akufo Addo who has failed in his fight against the virus, particularly, in educating the masses.

He told Class Fm in an exclusive interview “Covid has changed the mood of campaigning. You meet chiefs and people, you cannot shake hands, you cannot show affection. You need to social distance, it’s a very strange campaign season but you have to learn to adapt to it.

“For instance, because of the law, we cannot hold mass rallies where you aggregate thousands of people, not that it won’t happen because sometimes you don’t have control over it. You are coming to a community and they know you’re coming and they come out in their huge numbers and it is a reflection that we have actually failed in our effort to contain Covid because the public education is poor.

“If you go out there, people don’t know how it is transmitted, they feel they are even immune to the sickness. If you go into the community they come out with no mask and people are bundled together, shouting, no social distancing.”

“Certainly the president is the leader he must provide leadership on it. When Covid was raging, I suggested to him that he should involve the chiefs and assembly members in the public awareness and public education but he didn’t do that and so the public education has been poor and so people are not even aware about the modes of transmission and even if they are aware they don’t believe they can be affected with Covid.”

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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Galamsey: Which Kind Of President Jails His Citizens And Spare Foreigners? Inusah Fuseini Wonders

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Former Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini has criticised President Akufo-Addo for being discriminative in his ‘failed’ fight against illegal mining (galamsey).

Speaking to Citi News, he bemoaned how unjust it is to arrest illegal miners and jail the Ghanaians amongst them whiles the foreigners, most of which are Chinese nationals, are made to go scot free.

“It is unjust to incarcerate Ghanaians for violating the law and letting go of foreigners. Foreigners are not allowed to engage in small-scale mining. Ghanaians have the right to apply for and obtain licenses to engage in small scale mining,” he said.

He hammered and justified former president John Dramani Mahama’s pledge to grant amnesty to these jailed galamseyers should he win the December 2020 polls.

“It is within the prerogative powers of the president to forgive persons who have been incarcerated for breaking the law. These people should know that there is somebody who cares for them. This is not to spite the NPP, the problem we have with small scale mining is how to regulate it for the benefit of Ghanaians. We have come to the conclusion that we cannot continue to prohibit Ghanaians from doing so,” Alhaji Fuseini stated.

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Who Are You Coming To Free? How Many People Have Been Jailed For Galamsey? Mahama Quizzed

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A Deputy Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Benito Owusu-Bio has slammed former president John Dramani Mahama for promising to free jailed illegal miners if he wins the December polls.

John Mahama, at a rally in the Mpohor Constituency in the Western Region vowed to grant amnesty to jailed illegal miners under the Akufo-Addo led administration.

In reaction, Mr. Owusu called on the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer to come out and make public the number of people that have been jailed because of illegal mining.

“It is an embarrassment because of the person this particular promise is coming from. Currently, he is promising heaven and earth. I know that he will not even win the election. He is promising something that he cannot do. He should tell us how many people have been put behind bars,” he told Citi News.

“Even when we increased the punitive measures, no one was jailed. So I am surprised about what he is talking about. Let him come out and tell us the number of people that were jailed. He is just promising and lying to appeal to the public for votes,” he added.

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It’s An Embarrassment – Mahama Slammed For Promising To Free Jailed Illegal Miners

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A Deputy Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Benito Owusu-Bio has admonished former President John Dramani Mahama for his promise to free all jailed illegal miners.

In the first place according to Mr Owusu, nobody has been jailed for Mahama to come and release them.

Looking at the calibre of person Mahama is, he said, he shouldn’t be making such promises because he is expected to know better.

“It is an embarrassment because of the person this particular promise is coming from. Currently, he is promising heaven and earth. I know that he will not even win the election. He is promising something that he cannot do. He should tell us how many people have been put behind bars,” Mr Owusu told Citi News.

“Even when we increased the punitive measures, no one was jailed. So I am surprised about what he is talking about. Let him come out and tell us the number of people that were jailed. He is just promising and lying to appeal to the public for votes,” he added.

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