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Another Akyem Group condemns demo against Mahama

September 11, 2020 By 0 Comments

On Wednesday, September 9, 2020 a group called ‘Concerned Citizens of Okyeman’ staged a demonstration to register their displeasure over what they described as unsavoury tribal bigotry by former President Mahama against Akyems.
Hundreds of people joined the demonstration, which was said to have been organised jointly by all the 3 Akyem tribes namely; Abuakwa, Kotoku and Bosome, who gave Mr Mahama a 72 hours ultimatum to retract and apologise for endorsing the ‘Akyem Sakawa Boys’ comment.
Meanwhile, another group calling itself ‘Progressive Akyem Citizens’ has also expressed disappointment and shock at the demonstration.
According to them, the action was “misguided emotionalism and unhealth political infiltration by the ‘Concerned Citizens of Okyeman’.
This was contained in a statement bearing the names of Kwabena Yeboah-Korankye, who is said to be the Chairman for the group, as well as Kwame Otchere, Secretary and Alex Amoah, Organiser.
Read the full statement below;
We the members of the ‘Progressive Akyem Citizens’ wish to express our disappointment and shock at the misguided emotionalism and unhealthy political infiltration by a group called ‘Concerned Citizens of Okyeman’.
We see their action as reckless and dangerous to our beautiful democracy built over the years as a country.
For the purpose of emphasis, let us state unequivocally that;
This so-called ‘Concerned Citizens of Okyeman’ hurriedly put together for partisan purpose does not represent the entire Akyem land. They are a few politically motivated young men who have come together to do the political bidding of their paymasters.
As people interested in the development of Akyem, we condemn these acts of political infiltration aimed at maligning other politicians, especially John Mahama of the NDC, in the name of Okyeman.
That, we as a group wish to state in no uncertain terms that the use of the word ‘Akyem Mafia’ and other tribal related comments to refer to Ghanaian politicians in our body politics was not started yesterday and John Mahama of the NDC is not the originator.
The first time we heard of Akyem mafia was when Dr. Kobina Arthur Kennedy, a former campaign manager of then candidate Akufo-Addo, published in his book entitled ‘Chasing the Elephant into the Bush: The Politics of Complacency’.
In the said book, Dr. Kennedy sought to describe the behavior of certain political figures in the NPP who had surrounded Nana Akufo Addo who, according to him, caused his 2008 presidential defeat through their mafia works.
This gave birth to the AKYEM/KYEBI MAFIA tag on some few NPP power brokers. Where was this group? What has changed today? Is it that they endorsed the Mafia tag because Dr Arthur Kennedy was a member of the NPP or it espoused the political might of those few Akyem political power brokers? Isn’t this ridiculous?
We also want to state clearly that the post on Facebook which was only republished by Mr. John Mahama has the member of Parliament for Bolgatanga Central as the originator.
Why have our brothers decided to crucify Mr. John Mahama who only shared a comment by somebody? Is this a case of let’s give the dog a bad name and hang it?
For the records, Hon. Adongo in that Facebook post used the ‘Akyem Sakawa Boys’ to refer to a few people in government who have been engaging in fraudulent acts and were pushing for another, named Agyapa Royalties deal. He, at no point referred to we, the people of Akyem, as Sakawa People.
It will, therefore, be an overstretch borne out of partisan political mischief, for anybody to extend and generalise such specific description of a few of our compatriots in government, to all Akyems.
Such a reckless generalisation triggered by His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo and inciting this NPP group, only seeks to further divide us as Akyems and create unnecessary tension in our Republic.
Rather than showing such blind solidarity to a few of our powerful kinsmen in government, we will advise our compatriots to channel their energies in advising them to behave in a manner that brings honour to us, the citizens of Akyems.
Again, we demand no apologies from Mr. John Mahama since he has committed no wrong.
We wish to tell our Akyem brothers that there are other pressing issues confronting the various communities in Akyem area and we expect our brothers to channel our energies towards demanding solutions to our enormous challenges.
We expect all of us to judge all political parties by the content of their manifestoes rather than clutching on tribal sentiments that may destroy our peaceful coexistence as a people.
Consequently, we will demonstrate in the coming days to show our protest against a few of our compatriots in government!!
We thank everybody and wish that our friends will cut this pettiness and fight for the welfare of our Akyem land.

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