- Rawlings has explained his reason for not being present at the 63rd Independence Day in Kumasi
- According to him, he joined the people of Sogakope to mark the day
- His decision was to show solidarity and support following the recent attacks in the last month
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The absence of the former heads of state at the country's 63rd Independence Day celebration in Kumasi has sparked a lot of debate on both mainstream and social media.
Despite the fact that they were engaged in equally pressing activities, Ghanaians believe the former presidents should have been at such an event.
The Office of former president Jerry John Rawlings has explained that the former head of state was unable to join them because he had to be in Sogakope in the Volta Region to celebrate the day.
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According to a report by Ghanaian times, it was to show solidarity following the recent violent attacks, which led to the death of the Assemblymember of the area.
“He joined the people of Sogakope “o express my condolences and sympathies to all that has happened over the last month,” it stated.
Describing the parade as one of the most impressive he had witnessed since he started observing the annual district event, the statement said former President Rawlings expressed his admiration for the energy on the ground and urged the people to preserve and use it for benefit of the area, the region and the country.
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Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has asked Ghanaians to put a stop to shaking hands with people to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
According to him, the current medical crisis that is bringing in its wake deaths and economic difficulties is worrying.
The president’s comment comes in the wake of an investigation into a suspected case of COVID-19 in Ghana which fortunately tested negative.
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