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Posted on | June 8, 2007 | Comments Off

FORMER FIRST Lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings who is also the president of the 31 December Women’s Movement has charged that, because Ghanaians are not aware of the quantity of cash in the system, the Kufuor administration is bound to siphon much of the new currencies to their advantage in preparation for the 2008 general election

“These people are crooks and we must watch them carefully as we are all suffering in Ghana,” she said at a Ho meeting of her party faithful who responded to a clarion call to celebrate the DWM’s 25th anniversary.’

Talking about the change of currency next month, Nana Konadu expressed her disappointment about the Kufuor’s administration’s insistence on introducing such a policy when they are aware that the ECO currency is supposed to be introduced and circulated in July of 2009.

? As if the 31st December Women’s Movement had folded up as a result of inactivity for the past four years, little did people know that it could be revamped to sustain its search for total women emancipation and empowerment.?

? At Ho on Wednesday June 6, a durbar was held to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of the 31st December Women’s Movement and it was attended by a large crowd of supporters and functionaries clad in their anniversary cloth who defied a heavy downpour to catch a glimpse of the former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings.?

? Many people who came there expressed concern about the “maltreatment” being meted out to the former first lady, and Ms. Shirley Ayittey and the entire 31st DWM. They questioned whether it was wrong for the 31st DWM to operate as an NGO in Ghana, and if not, why the “harassment” of the frontliners.

Many also held the view that Government should stop the trial of the two women involved in the Nsawam Cannery case, if there can be a proof of proper ownership by producing receipts and documents to support that such asset were acquired through proper national competitive bidding.

Addressing the members, Mrs. Rawlings took a swipe at the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Kwamina Bartels, who she claimed had accused her of dealing in narcotic drugs. She referred to the NPP government as the cocaine government that had lost its credibility among its own members and sympathisers.?

? Hear her: ‘‘You know when the elephant comes out from the bush, there is destruction galore.” She expressed her joy over the passage of the Domestic Violence bill into law and said, though many provisions were deleted, it is good that “our” toil had not been in vain. Nana Konadu observed that, though women are said to be their own enemies, a time had come for them to unite to enable them fight for their rights.?

? Nana Konadu noted that in situations where the people are not empowered, they are deceived and cheated. She questioned the integrity of Ghanaian chiefs, opinion leaders, religious leaders and the academia who, according to her, she thought had the nation at heart but who had allowed the NPP government to take the people for granted. Nana Konadu noted that, without social or equal justice, there would be no human rights and definitely no democracy. She urged all women to stand against all forms of injustices and corruption being perpetrated in the country by ministers and party functionaries.?

? About the energy crisis, she said the national electricity-rationing programme had exposed the government of maladministration and reckless use of national resources to their advantage. She prayed for God to come to the aid of young students who cannot study as a result of the rationing of power, and added that the youth are engaged in armed robbery and other social vices because they are jobless.?

? Nana Konadu was angry about President Kufuor’s trip to the G8 meeting and sought to know the reason why he had abandoned the country when floods are killing people in Accra and other places as a result of mismanagement of the country. To Nana Konadu, the G8 is not all that important when compared to the rate of deaths occurring after the heavy downpour. ?


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