Friday, 19 July

Majority leader calls for political unity to address rising public discontent

Majority leader and Effutu MP Alexander Afenyo-Markin

The Majority Leader in Parliament, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has urged the political class to unite and proactively tackle the root causes of public discontent in a bid to avert potential protests and agitations.

Drawing parallels with the recent protests in Kenya, Mr. Afenyo-Markin emphasised the urgency of addressing public dissatisfaction beyond political maneuvering.

“The recent Gen Z activism in Kenya serves as a striking warning. To prevent such scenarios in Ghana, it is imperative that the political class collaboratively take proactive and comprehensive measures to address the underlying causes of public discontent,” stated the Effutu MP on the floor of Parliament on Wednesday, 13 July 2024.

Highlighting the importance of focusing on public expectations, Mr. Afenyo-Markin added: “Our preoccupation with political maneuvering should not blind us to the reality of public expectations.

“Let us recommit to a national agenda that not only leverages the potential of our youth but also unlocks the massive development potential often associated with a demographic dividend.”

Echoing these sentiments, Ododiodiodio MP Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, who witnessed the protests and violence in Kenya firsthand, stressed the critical need to address youth unemployment and the growing frustration among the populace.

“We should not be deceived. Yes, we can preach and preach and preach peace all the time. But when people think that the impunity of the political class is beyond their endurance, they will definitely react,” Mr. Vanderpuye warned.

Source: Adiku