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18.03.2009 Politics

Women Rise For Kufuor

By Daily Guide
Women Rise For  Kufuor

Former President John Kufuor VARIOUS VIBRANT WOMENS groups within the Ashanti Region on Tuesday went on demonstration to show their displeasure about the recent attacks on former President John Agyekum Kufour by certain factions in the country.

Led by a group in Kumasi calling itself Federation of Women in Ashanti (FEWA), the women marched past major principal streets of Kumasi holding different placards bearing various inscriptions.

Some of the placards read 'Good governance, no size', 'Kufour Ayekoo', 'J. A Kufour, thank you for maternal care', 'Peace in Ghana, no size' and many others.

During the demonstration, the women sang songs of praise in honour of ex-president Kufour for his wonderful performance in the office that set the country on the right path.

At a mini rally held at Abbeys Park in the Manhyia Constituency after the three-hour protest, various speakers enumerated the wonderful achievements of former president Kufuor whilst in office.

The aim of the event, DAILY GUIDE gathered, was to educate the public that the country can only progress and meet its objectives when there is national cohesion.

Addressing the rally, President of FEWA, Esther Nana Agyeman, urged Ghanaians not to forget the numerous achievements of the president and the international recognition he had gained due to his hard work.  

According to her, the little said about the milestone which was for a long time around the neck of Ghanaians, the better because it invoked bitter memories.

Ms. Agyeman stressed that ex-president Kufour in his wisdom came out with the National Health Insurance Scheme (SHIC), School Feeding Programme, and Capitation Grant among others to reduce the financial burden on most Ghanaians.

She said that it is quite unfortunate that the exit of former President Kufour from office has opened the floodgates for attacks on his personality and reputation.

“The issues picked to crucify the former President about which includes the controversial ex-gratia award, the BMW armoured cars and the acquisition of a government apartment at Ridge in Accra, are most unfortunate,” she lamented.

Ms. Agyeman stressed that Ghanaians should understand that Mr. Kufour is now hailed as a great achiever and one who represents the true African dream.

“The achievements of the former president can attest to the deep recognition given to him within high international circles,” she said.

According to her, Ghanaians should concentrate on how to reap the full benefits of the former President with his wide and varied international connections instead of trying to destroy his good reputation.

She pointed out that ex-President Kufour sacrificed so much for Ghana and naturally has to gain respect and recognition from Ghanaians and not attacks.

“My humble appeal is that the soaring reputation of ex-President Kufour be matched with efforts to consolidate his hard earned image at home and not the daily attacks on his personality on radio and in newspapers”.

From Stella Danso, Kumasi