Over 1000 mourners, government officials including Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia and a horde of ruling party supporters, several of them without mandatory facemasks and zero observance of social distancing, today storm the Kwabre East District of the Ashanti Region to observe the funeral ceremony of Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, aka Sir John.
Among the High-ranking dignitaries that graced the funeral of the former CEO of the Forestry Commission include President, Nana Akufo-Addo, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and several government officials, ruling party loyalists and townsfolk.
The gigantic gathering at Sir John’s funeral has exposed the hypocrisy of the Akufo Addo administration and the security services whose brutal suppression of constitutional rights of citizens to stage demonstrations against injustices have crushed every attempt by aggrieved groups in the country from organising protests.
For instance, Since May 9, 2021, the youth movement called #FixTheCountry which has issued several notices of protests has been harshly suppressed by the police administration which claims it cannot allow large gatherings of people because there is prevailing legislation restricting large public gathering because of infection threats from COVID-19.
The Police had gone to court to seek an injunction against the youth movement and the trial judge in clear connivance with the Police Service had granted the injunction that had prevented the angry youth from staging their protests both on May 9, 2021, and May 22, 2021.
It has therefore baffled citizens that the partisan funeral of Sir John had been allowed to converge such a number of people seen in viral videos pressed against one another in total disregard for social distancing orders as they mobbed Vice President Bawumia on his arrival at the funeral grounds.
Many of the mourners at the funeral had absolutely no facemasks on, including several security officers present at the ceremony.
Whatsup News has gathered thousands of youths from the #FixTheCountry movement have vowed to resist any attempt by the police service to stop their next round of planned protests, citing the Sir John funeral as their basis.
The group will also present this evidence in court during their hearing in the case for an injunction against their protests.
Meanwhile, Sir John’s funeral rites held today, June 3, 2021, at the dilapidated Sakora Wonoo Junior High School, saw family, friends and residents of the poor community fill the occasion that saw the unveiling of a mansion-like tomb for Sir John amidst abject poverty and complete absence of social infrastructure in the town.
Some angry residents of Kwabre East complained bitterly about the lavish spending on Sir John’s funeral while roads, health systems and school infrastructure in the area are virtually non-existent.