Mr. Gyamfi’s criticism comes barely 24 hours after President Akufo-Addo announced the lifting of the restriction of movements in Accra, Tema, Kumasi, and Kasoa, cities identified as hot spots for the disease.
According to him, the President’s decision appeared to be a politically motivated one that sought to allow the Electoral Commission to continue with its intended registration exercise.
“It is a politically-motivated decision, calculated to allow the EC the space to undertake its entrenched and illogical determination to compile a new voters’ register for the 2020 general elections and nothing more,” he said in a Facebook post.
President Akufo-Addo, in his seventh address to the nation, lifted the COVID-19 induced partial lockdown imposed on the Greater Accra and Kumasi Metropolitan Areas.
The President cited some reasons for the decision, including the severe hardship on citizens within the locked-down areas as well as the ability to undertake aggressive contact tracing of infected persons.
But Sammy Gyamfi argued that the decision only showed that President Akufo-Addo did not prioritize the lives of Ghanaians.
“What the President has essentially done, is to place political expediency ahead of Public safety. And what that shows, is that human lives don’t matter to President Akufo-Addo,” he stated.
Find below his post:
LIFTING OF PARTIAL LOCKDOWN BY PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO; A CHOICE OF POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY OVER PUBLIC SAFETY
The lifting of the partial lockdown by President Akufo-Addo, at a time the country is witnessing astronomical increases in positive COVID-19 cases, particularly horizontal infections, is premature and lacks a scientific basis.
It is a politically-motivated decision, calculated to allow the EC the space to undertake its entrenched and illogical determination to compile a new voters’ register for the 2020 general elections and nothing more.
Either than that, why will President Akufo-Addo impose a partial lockdown with the objective of halting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, at a time we had only recorded 137 cases across just four (4) regions of the country and with 5 deaths, but turn around to lift the partial lockdown, at a time our positive case count has galloped to 1,042, across ten (10) regions and with nine (9) deaths?
Countries with far lower cases have not lifted or relaxed their lockdown restrictions. Yet, we who are currently the country with the highest COVID-19 cases in West Africa, have against expert advice, lifted our partial lockdown. Doesn’t this defy science and commonsense?
President Akufo-Addo’s decision to lift the lockdown at this crucial time is a reckless political gamble that portends great danger for this nation.
Ghanaians must never forgive him if this unimaginable decision exacerbates our COVID-19 situation.
The blame for any fatality that is occasioned by this reckless decision must lie squarely with the President.
What the President has essentially done, is to place political expediency ahead of Public safety. And what that shows, is that human lives don’t matter to President Akufo-Addo.
May God be our help.
SAMMY GYAMFI Esq.