Minority in Parliament kick against new public holidays; call it desecration of history

Minority in Parliament kick against new public holidays; call it desecration of history

- The minority members in parliament are strongly against the two new holidays announced by government

- They have described it as a desecration of the country's history

Minority spokesperson on foreign affairs, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has described the latest amendment to the statutory holidays as a total disrespect to the legacy of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president.

The North Tongu MP said the minority would strongly resist the attempt by government to have the holidays changed.

According to him, the opposition would not support the revision of the history of this country as seen by the ruling party, the New Patroitic Party, (NPP)

Speaking to Citi News, Ablakwa described the move as a fascist, familiar attempt to revise the history of Ghana.

Okudjeto Ablakwa smiling
Minority spokesperson on foreign affairs, Samuel Okudjeto Ablakwa
Source: UGC

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“President Akufo-Addo should know that he is really playing with fire and he is going to be faced with the kind of resistance that his government has never witnessed nor experienced. There is going to be a series of resistance," Ablakwa said.

He added that the minority had formed an alliance with other groups of people and individuals outside parliament to fight against the government’s plans.

“I can announce to you that we are forming a coalition of not only Ghanaians in the minority, but Ghanaians who feel insulted, who will not accept this sacrilegious attempt to obliterate and desecrate our history. We are mobilizing and you will hear from us soon," he added.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported the country now had two new public holidays in addition to the already existing ones.

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August 4 of every year will henceforth be known as Founders Day while the birthday of Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, which hitherto was marked as the country’s Founders Day, would now be known as Nkrumah Memorial Day. January 7 will also be known as Constitution Day.

All three days would be observed as statutory holidays in addition to the already existing commemorative days, July 1 and May 25 -- Republic Day and AU Day, respectively.

This came after the government tabled an amendment to the Public Holiday (Amendment) Bill 2018 in parliament on Thursday, 13 December 2018.

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