Former Ghana’s Ambassador to Serbia, Dr. Nyaho Tamakloe, has accused Nana Akufo Addo of neglecting families of eight persons who lost their lives in the epic Kumi Preko demonstration staged in Accra 21 years ago.
Dr. Nyaho Tamakloe, who jointly organized the mammoth demonstration in Accra with Kwesi Pratt Jnr, Abdul Malik Kwaku Baako, Charles Yves Wereko-Brobbey, Victor Newman, Akoto Ampaw, Kwaku Opoku, Nana Akufo- Addo and others, said the NPP leader neglected families of the some protestors who were fatally shot by some armed cadres in the course of the demonstration.
Speaking with Kwame Adinkra, host of Atinka FM’s AM Drive Wednesday, Dr. Tamakloe, who is now an avowed critic of the party he helped found noted, “Out of Kumi Preko we lost about eight people and up until this very day nothing has been done for the families of these fallen ones. Believe me or not, through Kumi Preko, a young man of thirteen years, Ahunu was shot in front of the Adabraka Primary School so you can imagine if he was alive today what his age would be. But when we came to power under President J.A Kufuor, we had then promised to help these people but we did nothing for them. They are there at Adabraka as I talk now. This same family approached Nana Addo but he did nothing for them when we were in power”. Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe said and added that Kwesi Pratt Jnr could corroborate the claim.
“When President Mahama came to power recently, one time he called and asked me how he could see Ahunu’s father. I went and luckily I found the father and mother who are alive and came back and told the President that I found them. And in his usual quiet way, he [Mahama] went there to see the family and he asked the old man what the state could do for his departed son. The old man replied that one of the principal streets in Accra be named after his son,” he said
Dr. Tamakloe stressed, “Politics needs to be done with open mind and open heart because you are dealing human beings. I will never and ever allow anybody to take me for a ride in my life.”