The egression of COVID-19 required contingent but draconian measures in our efforts to stem the spread of the dangerous virus.
Amongst the measures were the directives to suspend church and mosque services as well as schools, not excluding tertiary institutions.
Though these directives were given, a pastor in Kumasi defied same and went ahead to organize a church service. Despite the caution given to him and being asked not to repeat the act, he ignored the ban and organized a church service on Sunday.
The President of the Republic, though clothed with the constitutional mandate to enforce these laws, had to strengthen same and had to, through the Attorney General, go to Parliament to block the loopholes in the law.
The Imposition of the Restrictions Bill was promulgated. The opposition in Parliament, the Haruna Iddrisu-led Minority, as it has always been their wont, kicked against the bill. They said the President was arrogating certain powers to himself that would make him do whatever he wishes.
They say Akufo-Addo was being tyrannical, bringing back the dark days of Kwame Nkrumah. They say the Nkrumah-enacted Preventive Defensive Act is being reincarnated by Akufo-Addo.
According to the Minority, we cannot have such laws in our country and that those days of Nkrumah should not be part of our history anymore.
Though the Imposition of Restrictions bill has since been passed into an Act, these opposition members keep on trumpeting the mantra that Akufo-Addo is practicing Nkrumah’s PDA.
What is ironic is the fact that these same people idolize Nkrumah. They see Nkrumah to be sanctimonious and couldn’t have made any mistake.
To the extent that even the CPP has been dwarfed to the background in terms of the ownership of Nkrumah by the NDC is testament to the point that the NDC love Nkrumah to the hilt.
It is interesting how they disown Nkrumah at such a time they should continue worshipping him. The Imposition of Restrictions Act is in place. With the number of infested cases leapfrogging, one wouldn’t be wrong to believe that this act has come at a perfect time.
We are not in normal times. The President of the Republic has shown leadership in this period of crisis. COVID-19 will be defeated in the course of time.
P.K. Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.