Kofi Adams, the spokesperson of former President Jerry Rawlings says government’s attempt to sabotage the commemorative rally of the 33rd June 4th uprising to be held in Aflao in the Volta region, is a “miscalculated political gaffe”.
He has however served notice that they will crush all saboteurs who attempt to ruin this year’s June 4 celebrations.
Kofi Adams says they are well informed that some government officials are mobilizing people from the Greater Accra region and Ho in the Volta region to disrupt this year’s celebrations.
He said the ‘faux pas’ statement issued by some Chiefs in Aflao expressing their displeasure about the chosen venue has rather publicized the June 4th celebration.
Mr. Adams was responding to a statement issued by the Chiefs and People of the Aflao Traditional Area expressing discomfort about the plans to use their town for this year’s June 4 celebrations.
The Chiefs argued that allowing the June 4th celebration to take place in the area will be a hindrance to Aflao’s development in that the government – which may be bashed at the event – may reverse its plans to provide the area with development projects promised them.
Kofi Adams maintained that the June 4th celebration scheduled for the Aflao Victoria Park will come off as planned..According to him, they have satisfied all requirements and also have the blessings of the paramount chief of the area and that no one can stop them from holding the event.
Kofi Adams indicated that the decision by the Aflao Chiefs to ban them from holding the event in the area has exposed government’s ploy to disrupt the programme.He added that the choice of Aflao for the event has nothing to do with issues they [Rawlingses] have with government but was to honour the plea of the youth of Aflao who had lobbied for the celebrations to be held in the area.
Mr Adams says they are very much aware that Government officials are mobilizing some persons from Accra and Ho to go and misbehave at the function but he wants to tell these persons to just stay home if they don’t intend to participate as believers in the ideals of June 4th. , Mr Adams said persons who have no role to play at the event should stay home or face their wrath if they attempt to ruin the 33rd anniversary of the June 4th uprising.
“If there is anybody they [Aflao Chiefs] should extend their anger to, it should be the President who has not fulfilled the promise he made to them and not us” he said.
Kofi Adams urged all well-meaning National Democratic Congress (NDC) members who believe in probity, accountability and social justice to treat the statement with contempt it deserves and throng the Victoria Park in their numbers for a successful programme.