Lifting of partial lockdown politically motivated – Sammy Gyamfi
The National Communications Director of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi, has described President Akufo-Addo’s decision to end the partial lockdown on Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi as politically motivated.
The vociferous young lawyer claims the move was to clear the way for the Electoral Commission (EC) to go ahead with the intended compilation of a new voter roll.
Sammy Gyamfi on Monday morning posted on his Facebook page, a reaction to the President’s address, but only on the aspect of the lifting of the ban.
To him, President Akufo-Addo’s decision to lift the lockdown at this crucial time, is a reckless political gamble that portends great danger for this nation. Ghanaians must never forgive him if this unimaginable decision exacerbates our COVID-19 situation.
He questioned why the President would impose a lockdown at a time the country had recorded only 137 cases, and chooses to lift same when the cases had ballooned to 1,042.
“It is clearly a politically-motivated decision, calculated to allow the EC the space to undertake its entrenched and illogical determination to compile a new voters’ register for the 2020 general elections and nothing more.
Either than that, why will President Akufo-Addo impose a partial lockdown with the objective of halting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, at a time we had only recorded 137 cases across just four (4) regions of the country and with 5 deaths, but turn around to lift the partial lockdown, at a time our positive case count has galloped to 1,042, across ten (10) regions and with nine (9) deaths?” he quizzed.
According to him, countries with far lower cases have not lifted or relaxed their lockdown restrictions, “yet, we who are currently the country with the highest COVID-19 cases in West Africa, have against expert advice, lifted our partial lockdown. Doesn’t this defy science and commonsense?
“The blame for any fatality that is occasioned by this reckless decision must lie squarely with the President. What the President has essentially done, is to place political expediency ahead of Public safety. And what that shows, is that human lives don’t matter to President Akufo-Addo,” he added.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo stressed in his address yesterday that “lifting these restrictions does not mean we are letting our guard down,” he said and added that “I am demanding even greater adherence to these measures.”
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