Government Bans Political Rallies till end of May

 

The President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Akufffo Addo has on Sunday May10, extended the ban on social gatherings which automatically includes ban on political rallies till the end of May.

According to president Akufo-Addo these measures are to help curb the spread of the coronavirus disease.

Stating that during this period, there will continue to be a ban on public gatherings, such as the holding of conferences, workshops, parties, nightclubs, drinking spots, beaches, festivals, religious activities and sporting events. All educational facilities, private and public, continue to remain closed and there is still a ban on funerals, other than private burials conducted with not more than twenty-five (25) persons.

“It is noteworthy that the Police are arresting and prosecuting persons, irrespective of their status in society, who flout these regulations. We cannot allow a few persons, for their narrow, selfish interests, to jeopardize the health, well-being, and safety of the larger population. If you fall foul of the law, you will face its full rigors. Fellow Ghanaians, I, like you, would love to see an end to these restrictions. I know the difficulties every one of you has been through over the last two months.

You have had to alter completely your way of life; you have had to stay at home, except for specified purposes; you cannot travel outside the country; you cannot go to Church, and you had to cancel activities usually associated with Easter; in this Holy Month of Ramadan, our Muslim brothers and sisters are having to pray at home, instead of congregating at the Mosque, and foregoing the public celebration of the Eid; parents are having to bear the extra burden of providing care for their children who, instead of being in school, are currently at home; operators of trotros, taxis, buses, markets, hotels, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs have lost the patronage of their clients, and, as a result, lost much-needed incomes; significant numbers of people have, unfortunately, lost their jobs because of the impact of the virus on our economy; most of us want to hang out with our families, friends and loved ones in a social setting, but cannot.”

 

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