Former Ghana’s Ambassador to Serbia, Nyaho Tamakloe, has accused Nana Akufo-Addo of neglecting families of eight persons who lost their lives in the 'Kumi Preko' ( You may as well kill me) anti-government demonstration, staged in Accra in 1995 - 21 years ago.
The Akufo-Addo-led protest, which took place in opposition to the Value Added Tax (VAT) initiative introduced under the Jerry John Rawlings administration, is said to have been one of the biggest protests ever organised in the country, with an estimated 100,000 people participating.
The demonstration was initially billed as a peaceful protest but quickly became violent when unidentified assailants shot live bullets into the crowd resulting in the deaths of a few protestors.
According to Tamakloe, who was part of the organisers, Akufo-Addo neglected the families of eight protestors who were killed in the demonstration.
“Out of Kumi Preko we lost about eight people and up until this very day nothing has been done for the families of these fallen ones,” he told Accra-based Atinka FM.
He said a young man of thirteen years, Ahunu, was shot in front of the Adabraka Primary School, but when the NPP was in power between 2000 and 2008, nothing was done for his family.
He said the family approached Akufo-Addo, but he ignored them.
Tamakloe claimed that when Mahama came to power, however, the president asked him if he (Tamakloe) could locate the family of boy, which he did.
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“I went and luckily I found the father and mother who are alive and came back and told the President that I found them. And in his usual quiet way, he [Mahama] went there to see the family and he asked the old man what the state could do for his departed son. The old man replied that one of the principal streets in Accra be named after his son,” he said.