Pro-National Democratic Congress (NDC) group, Inside Ghana, has traced the spate of market fires to elements who have vowed to sabotage the presidency of John Dramani Mahama.
A statement signed by George Spencer Quaye, the group’s convener, said comments attributed to some high-profile persons in society may have triggered ill-motives by arsonists.
“We are therefore convinced beyond any shred of doubt that, these unprecedented fires are indeed arson with criminal motive. It is a deliberate act to galvanize support for a reckless narcissistic ambition of certain politicians and we can no longer afford to play the ostrich,” the statement read.
Below is the unedited statement from Inside Ghana:
Inside Ghana wishes to add its voice to the call for a full scale forensic investigation into the recent fires that have engulfed many markets in the nation especially the capital city and other State institutions. We are prevailing on the security institutions to launch criminal investigations into this spate of fires that have rendered many of our women and men homeless and left them with no livelihood or any source of income
As we count the losses, it will not be out of place to attribute the cause to ill motives of a group of persons who have sworn to make H.E President Mahama’s reign ungovernable.
Inside Ghana believes it is an arson attack and must be treated as such. Our call stems from statements of imminent personalities in our political sphere who ought to know better rather than selfishly pursuing their parochial political interest.
We would recall how on many occasions prior to and after the December elections, some politicians made known their intention unequivocally of making this nation ungovernable. “If they make the wrong move by arresting any of our officers, they will know no peace and this country will suffer for that. We are not scared to be arrested but if they try to arrest any of us we will make this country ungovernable.” Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, General Secretary, New Patriotic Party. Such unsavoury and unplalable statements have been repeated on platforms such as “Let My Vote Count Alliance” whose members have even threatened to throw bomb in their diabolic quest to bastardize State institutions.
We are therefore convinced beyond any shred of doubt that, these unprecedented fires are indeed arson with criminal motive. It is a deliberate act to galvanize support for a reckless narcissistic ambition of certain politicians and we can no longer afford to play the ostrich.
Inside Ghana therefore calls on the state security agencies to launch a full scale forensic investigation into what is gradually becoming a potent weapon for oppression.
George Spencer Quaye