The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi-Boasiako, has said the party has called off a mass protest that was planned for Wednesday in the regional capital, Kumasi.
According to him, the party was responding to concerns raised about the timing of the event in the face of the festive season and other related matters after critical analysis and consultation with relevant stakeholders.
He stated that the demonstration, which was intended to press home the withdrawal of new metres introduced by the Electricity Company of Ghana amidst frequent power outages in Kumasi and other economic issues, would take place after the Christmas festivities.
The protest march would have been the second time the main opposition party had led the masses in the region against the Mahama-led NDC administration this year.
In June 2014, the NPP led?thousands of people onto the streets of Kumasi to protest against government?s handling of the country?s economy amidst spiralling costs of living, high inflation, currency devaluation and frequent power outages under the slogan, ?Ya Ye Den?.
During the demonstration, the protesters who were clad in red and black attires called for the resignation of President John Dramani Mahama for his alleged incompetence in steering the affairs of the nation.
The mammoth crowd which had a section carrying various placards demanding social justice and accusing the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government of corruption and thievery, shouted slogans like ?Enough is enough? and ?Ghanaians, not slaves.?
The protest march initially targeted the current erratic power outages, but quickly evolved into expression of rage against a wide array of economic issues including the cost of food, fuel and education.
Ghana?s recent economic woes have been blamed on fiscal and monetary indiscipline on the part of the NDC government, with the debt stock ballooning from GH?9 billion to GH?70 billion.
In a march through commercial areas of the city, the opposition party supporters and other demonstrators accused the president of naked corruption, misapplication of state funds and unnecessary borrowing that is used to finance unproductive ventures.
From Ernest Kofi Adu, Kumasi