General News of 2014-06-10

‘Ghanaians must vote wasteful Mahama out in 2016’

Minority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu says Ghana is heading to the path of destruction if President John Mahama and his appointees do not change the course of governance.

Speaking to Luv FM's Erastus Asare Donkor at a heavily attended 'Ya Y3 Den' demonstration in the Ashanti Region, Tuesday, the Minority Leader said Ghanaians can no longer endure the perilous hardships being forced down their throats by the government.

"The [rationale] for this demonstration was to indicate to government the extent of the affliction that has been inflicted on Ghanaians.

"I am talking about the cost of living and the extent of anguish that Ghanaians are going.

"The depreciation of the currency which is on the downward spiral on daily basis, high interest rate, government imposing taxes on almost all goods and services, unemployment the energy crisis.

"Let government know that indeed the economy of Ghana is collapsing," he pointed out.

The MP for Suame dismissed the assertion that the demonstration was relatively successful because it was organised in the NPP's stronghold.

"Nobody should construe this demonstration as for Ashantis. Ashanti is a microcosm of Ghana. It is the region where every ethnic group resides.

"Government should change course; if it doesn't change course Ghana will collapse," he warned.

The MP described as "blatant lies" comments by President John Mahama that the challenges Ghana is facing were global with developed countries having their fair share of the challenges.

According to him, Ghana has lost its competitiveness and cannot even compare with war-torn Sierra Leone.

He said Ghana's Anglophone neighbours in the sub region are on the verge of achieving the 10-point criteria on the level of development.

"Liberia is non-oil producing, Guinea is non-oil producing, Gambia is non-oil producing. Sierra Leone has come out of war not too long ago and yet for 2013 their GDP growth rate averaged 6.7 per cent. Aren't they experiencing the same situation in the global village. So why Ghana?" he demanded.

The opposition party has vowed to take the demonstration to other regions across the country with Tamale expected to be the next destination in two weeks.

Source: myjoyonline.com
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