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30.11.2004 Regional News

Christian churches in Kumasi embark on peace walk

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Kumasi, Nov. 30, GNA - Churches in Kumasi in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) at the weekend undertook a three-hour peace walk in the Metropolis.

The walk started from the Post Office Square through the central business district at Adum to the Asafo Roundabout and ended at the Jackson's Park.

Some of the placards carried by school children read: "Party Politics Should Not Divide Us", "Let Us Avoid The Carnage In Liberia And Other Parts Of Africa" and "Divergent Views Are Part Of Our Democracy". Speaking on behalf of all children in the Ashanti Region, Miss Freda Boateng, a 14-year-old pupil of Patase M/A Junior Secondary School, appealed to political parties to remember that women and children were the most vulnerable group in times of war and conflicts. They must, therefore, avoid acts that could spark off violence before, during and after the elections.

She called on politicians to put the national interest over and above their political and personal interests and to be tolerant of their opponents for the sake of Ghana.

A resolution addressed to President John Agyekum Kufuor and read by the Reverend (Mrs) Comfort Adu, one of the Organizers of the Walk, appealed to Ghanaians to come out of political immaturity after 47 years of independence.

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