Monday, 18 December 2017
NDC marches against change of Founder's Day

NDC marches against change of Founder's Day

Hundreds of supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) today marched against government’s proposal to rechristen Founder’s Day as Kwame Nkrumah Memorial day.

Hundreds of supporters joined the march, which started as early as 6:00am yesterday, on the birthday of Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
Even though the march was initially christened as the ‘Unity Walk’, to foster unity in the party, the objective of the march was changed in the wake of the controversy triggered by a proposal by the president to establish a Founders’ Day holiday on August 4.
The President also proposed that even though the September 21 holiday will be maintained, it shall cease to be referred to as the Founder's Day and rather be known as the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day.
Members of the CPP and the NDC have kicked against the proposal. The Founder's Day Memorial March is part of the actions by the NDC to oppose the suggestion.
The supporters of the party went through the principal streets of Accra before converging at the Hearts Park, close to the Kwame Nkrumah Museum, where the leaders addressed the multitude of supporters.
The march was attended by national executives of the party, as well as former appointees, MPs, among others.
Speaker after speaker berated the decision by the President to institute a Founders’ Day holiday to recognise the diverse roles played by others, including J.B. Danquah and Paa Grant, in the fight for independence.
They accused the President of attempting to distort the political history of Ghana, and vowed to resist any such attempt.
Slightly departing from the narrative of the day, the chairman of the NDC, Kofi Portuphy, says the party will be embarking on a pre-registration of all its members across the country.
Portuphy said the pre-registration will begin from the constituency through to the district, regional and national levels.

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