Let’s work to protect principles of democracy – Barbados PM tells Ghanaians

The Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley, has called on Ghanaians to work together to protect the country’s cherished democratic principles and values.

Speaking at the 65th Independence Day Anniversary Parade on Sunday, Mia Mottley, who was also the special guest of honour, charged citizens to contribute their quota in building a country with a resilient economy, and robust democratic principles.

According to her, nation-building is a collective duty between the government, and its people, and therefore there is the need for citizens to collaborate with government in improving the lot of Ghana.

“We have to work together in solidarity and fight the battles of our day and the challenges that there appears to be, for whether it is the climate crisis that affects us or whether it is the spirit of war that is raising its head yet again, or whether it is the obsession by some who have not been elected to take power from those who are duly elected, we have a duty to stand tall and protect the principles of democracy, the principles that are anchored in the constitution and the principles that we are committed to in the United Nations Charter”, she stated.

She also charged Africans to take a stance against persons who instigate and perpetuate coups to topple constitutionally elected regimes. According to her, the practice does not augur well for the continent, thus the need for it to be avoided.https://2bcb15a9cd5273ec5a1f17b1245c2d00.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

She also called for deepened collaborations between the government of Ghana and Barbados, to facilitate development in both countries.

Meanwhile, the President of Ghana, President Akufo-Addo, who also spoke at the parade, has assured Ghanaians of his willingness to preserve the country’s democratic values, in the wake of recent coup mongering comments in the country.

Speaking at the 65th Independence Anniversary Parade on Saturday, he stated that, government will deploy all available means to safeguard the country, from anything that is capable of disrupting the smooth governance of the country.

In this regard, the President condemned certain comments in the public space, which have triggered conversations about a coup in Ghana.https://2bcb15a9cd5273ec5a1f17b1245c2d00.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

“The great majority of us who are committed to democratic values and institutions will continue to resist the claims of these adventurers and deploy all legitimate means in our democracy to maintain our free, open system of governance, which has respect for human rights, the rule of law and the principles of democratic accountability.”

“It is either the absence of faith in the prospect of democratic alternative to the current government or their impatience to wield executive authority are the factors driving their appetite for the shortcut of military intervention.

He added that, “whatever be the case, they seem ready to jeopardise the hard won reputation of our country as beacon of democracy and stability in Africa and indeed, in the world, in order to gratify their personal ambition, ambitions which show little or no respect for the capacity of the Ghanaian people to change when necessary, their government peacefully through the ballot box, something we have done on three separate occasions in the 29 year life of the fourth republic”.

The President further affirmed his commitment to the principles of the rule of law and accountability.https://2bcb15a9cd5273ec5a1f17b1245c2d00.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

This year’s Independence Day Parade, was held at the Cape Coast stadium in the Central Region, and was witnessed by hundreds of Ghanaians who thronged the venue.

Clad in colours that reflect the country’s national flag of red, gold and green, the excited attendants sat throughout the ceremony, while others stood and watched in admiration; as personnel from the security services and selected schools marched to beautiful tunes from the band.

The event was also graced with intermittent traditional performances, to reflect the country’s deep cultural heritage. This year’s parade was under the theme, “Working Together, Bouncing Back Together”.


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