Women Call For Peace

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Nana Yaa Ansuaa, Queenmother of Drobo State who chair the press conference and Mamaga Agbalisi, Queenmother of Kpando

A group of mothers consisting of traditional rulers and other women in civic society have cautioned political leaders in Ghana to ensure that peace prevails in the country during and after the up-coming general elections.

According to the group, which calls itself Mothers for Peace, it behoved politicians in Ghana to ensure that the suffering that had befallen women in war ravaged areas in West Africa did not extend into the country. 

Delivering various speeches at a press conference recently organised by the Ghana Peace Campaign 2012 in Accra, the speakers of the group, one after the other urged President John Evans Atta Mills and opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo to show love for mothers by ensuring that peace prevailed in the country.

Nana Yaa Ansuaa, the queen-mother of the Drobo traditional area in the Brong Ahafo Region who chaired the conference, in a speech noted, “We cannot afford any disturbance in the peace we enjoy in Ghana today. Our political leaders must be mindful that if anything happens, women and children suffer the most. So the best gift the politician can give the nation is peace in the 2012 elections”.

The Drobo Hemaa’s speech was supported by Mamaga Agbalisi, the queen-mother of the Kpando traditional area, who charged the mothers of politicians “to cut their sons and daughters to size”.

“Every politician has a mother who he or she listens to. If the mother fans the politician’s ego and ambitions to think only about their selfish needs and not that of the whole country, then that mother is selfish”.

Pognaba Namalteng, Queenmther of Sekoti

She explained, “Indeed if a politician engages in actions that can bring Ghana to the brink, it is the responsibility of the mother or mothers of that politician to bring their child to order, no matter how old they may be”. 

Pognaba Namalteng, the queen-mother of the Sekoti traditional area, on her part lamented that “suffering the agony of not knowing where your kids are and being stopped at random checkpoints, sexual abuse and rape should not become part of our lives.” 

“It is not enough for political leaders to claim innocence of what drives tension high in this country. Peace now should be everybody’s business,” she noted.

The Communications Director for the Ghana Peace Campaign, Kojo Frempong, explained that the Mother’s for Peace agenda was just one of the programmes the campaign team was using to drive home the message of peace.

According to him, politicians should not think that the civic space was theirs alone, adding, “There are other interested groups and the Ghana Peace Campaign 2012 will seek to remind everybody that we need peace. “

 By Stella Danso Addai

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