Brigades of Young Democrats accuses OccupyGhana
A group calling itself Brigades of Young Democrats have lashed out at leaders of pressure group OccupyGhana for calling on government to reduce transport fares despite a slim reduction in fuel prices.
The group in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Anthony Selorm K. Morrison
and copied to Pulse.com.gh accused OccupyGhana as a pressure group in bed with the opposition New Patriotic Party and therefore acted in a hypocritical manner.
Below is the full statement:
“We have noted with regret the loud silence of OCCUPYGHANA following the decision of transport owners not to reduce transport fares to reflect the 10% reduction in fuel prices by government. For the records, this was the group that called on the NPA and government (and legitimately so) to reduce fuel prices in conformity with falling world prices of crude.
In their public engagements and statements, OCCUPYGHANA created the impression that they were acting and speaking on behalf of ordinary Ghanaians. Ordinary Ghanaians as we know are members of the public who on a daily basis rely on private transports for their movements.
Ordinary Ghanaians are members of the public whose daily bread depends on the actions and inactions of these private transport owners. They rely on “trotos” and taxis for their movement.
Ordinary Ghanaians are therefore, and rightly so, disappointed that OccupyGhana has deliberately failed to put the same pressure which they unleashed on the NPA and government, on private transport owners to reduce transport fares.
This is insensitive and further betrays the little trust of ordinary Ghanaians in OccupyGhana.
Indeed this and many actions of OccupyGhana confirm the scepticism people have about their intentions and further expose the agenda of members of this group.
The agenda, as we have always maintained, is political and does not in any way include fighting for ordinary Ghanaians. It is obvious that a reduction in transport fares will not inure to the benefit of their political pay masters, hence their loud silence. It is also true that members of OccupyGhana are the ones enjoying the 10% reduction in fuel prices.
For the sanity and health of this Nation, Ghanaians have continuously stressed on the need to work together to replace outmoded ideologies and stiff principles with a new vision anchored on basic, enduring values: opportunity for all, responsibility from all, and a community of a renewed? Ghanaian’s? One was expecting OccupyGhana to exhibit these values. However, what we find is everything opposite.
We said it and we are saying it again, OccupyGhana is a baby of the opposition NPP and they speak and act only to please their leaders and to enhance their quest for power. It is therefore not surprising that they have failed to speak about the decision of private transport owners not to reduce transport fares.
We call on Ghanaians, in and abroad, not to be deceived by members of OccupyGhana, for they care not about ordinary Ghanaians, but themselves and their political pay masters”, the statement stated.