Sir John’s funeral: Do you have the right to implement same law you’re breaking? – OccupyGhana asks government

Sir John’s funeral: Do you have the right to implement same law you’re breaking? – OccupyGhana asks government
Sir John’s funeral

Pressure group, OccupyGhana, has condemned the complete disregard of public safety during the burial of the former Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission of Ghana, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the group observed that numerous politicians, including members of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), were at the funeral and flouted the Imposition of Restrictions Act, 2020 (Act 1012) which prohibits mass gathering amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thus, Occupy Ghana questioned government’s moral right in implementing the law, when it is going contrary to that very rule.

Citing the issue of Christ Embassy’s ‘Pneumatica Night’ where thousands massed up at a single location for which organisers of the event are being prosecuted, the group said government cannot be discriminatory in imposing the rules governing the country.

“In our press release of 2 May 2021 regarding the holding of the Christ Embassy religious event at the Fantasy Dome, we thought no reminders were needed that the dangerous and deadly Covid-19 was still present and active among us.

“In that release, we hailed government’s imposition of protocols by law, which we believe demand compliance, by all. To wake up to contrary behaviour by prominent members of the same government and other politicians is both disappointing and frightening.

“We cannot show such a remarkable sense of recklessness and abandon in these times and not expect to reap disastrous and possibly deadly consequences. This disregard of the law will embolden several people to treat Covid-19 protocols with disdain and contempt,” the statement read.

Occupy Ghana also referred government to the “weak” reason the Ghana Police Service capitalised on to prevent the #FixTheCountry campaigners from carrying out their planned demonstration in May.

“We hasten to ask whether the government has any moral authority now where these matters are concerned?”

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