The Convention People’s Party (CPP) has vowed to fight the new August 4 holiday proposed in the Public Holiday Amendment Bill by government.
The party maintains that the holiday is not consistent with the history Ghana and must therefore not stand.
The CPP also accused the NPP government of what they described as a “disingenuous tinkering of the settled history of Ghana.”
A memo, signed by the General Secretary of the CPP, James Kwabena Bomfeh Jnr, said the government is trying to alter the history of the country with the proposed August 4 holiday.
The CPP also challenged parts of the bill that suggests the fight against colonialism began on 4th August 1897 with the emergence of the Aborigines Right Protection Society.
According to the party, the NPP government is misinterpreting facts on the true account of Ghana’s independence struggle.
“The Convention People’s Party has learnt with grave concern, the proposed Public Holidays (Amendment) Bill, 2018 which is yet to go through the motions to be passed into law. We find the proposed amendments and the intendment thereof inconsistent with historical records abundantly available including Parliamentary Hansard here and the United Kingdom,” sections of the memo reads.
“We are convinced that if we don’t correct certain erroneous impressions created in the proposed amendment they would serve as a disincentive and slander to education and scholarship especially at the lower levels of learning as to what the true account of our nation’s independence history comprises.”
It added: “It is not correct as the bill purports, to suggest that the liberation of our country from imperialism and colonialism” began on August 4, 1897 with the formation of the Aborigines Rights Protection Society, ARPS or August 4, 1947.”
The CPP warned that passage of the bill will be a disservice to future generations who are to learn about the history of the country.
The party, therefore, vowed to fight it, adding that should Parliament go ahead to pass it, the government “would not have an easy celebration outside Parliament.”
With the proposed Public Holiday Amendment Bill,August 4 will now be celebrated as Founders’ Day, while 21st September will be marked as Dr.Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day.