The Police Administration has today, the eve of the birthday of Ghana’s Founding Father, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, suddenly announced that personnel will march across the streets of Accra to demonstrate their preparedness to squash any potential election unrest.
A 20th September statement from the Public Affairs Directorate of the Police Headquarters said the route march will be a show of power.
The statement christens the march a, “confidence building march;” by which the Police will display their power and other law enforcement accoutrements to show that they are ready to handle the elections.
And for some reason, the birthday of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, 21st September, which is still marked by progressives as Ghana’s true Founder’s Day after Akufo-Addo changed the commemoration date of the Founders’ day from 21st September to 4th August, the date of the founding of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC).
UGCC is the main antecedent of the governing NPP, and Akufo-Addo, through the change, is perceived to have arrogated honours over Ghana’s founding to his father and uncles who were pillars in the UGCC.
The change from Nkrumah’s birthday to the founding day of the UGCC for the commemoration of Founder (s) day remains controversial, with progressives spurning the 4th August date as one that seeks to honour cowards and traitors, including Joseph Boakye Danquah, Akufo-Addo’s uncle, who progressives dismiss as an overhyped lame duck Gold Coast politician.
In response, the President had tried to create consolation by instituting the 21st of September as Nkrumah’s Memorial Day. However, Progressives still reject the 4th August date, with the National Democratic Congress (NDC), expected to change the date back to 21st September anytime it is in power.