NPP’s Nyaho-Tamakloe Warns Ghanaian Leaders: Kenya’s Unrest Could Happen Here

by Louisa Afful
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Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, a founding member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has warned Ghanaian leaders not to take citizens for granted, referencing recent events in Kenya.

He cautioned that if politicians continue to prioritize their interests over the needs of the people, Ghana could face similar unrest as seen in Kenya. Drawing from his experiences with protests in Ghana, he noted that Ghanaian youth are similar to their Kenyan counterparts.
In an interview with Johnnie Hughes on 3FM’s Sunrise on June 27, 2024, Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe emphasized that no one should assume what happened in Kenya cannot occur in Ghana.

“It’s the responsibility of political elites, who are elected by the people, to address their needs. However, they often focus on their interests instead. This trend is disturbing across all political parties. If we are not careful, what is happening in Kenya now could happen here. I’ve seen similar events in Ghana’s past,” he said.

On June 25, 2024, protests in Kenya turned violent as demonstrators stormed the parliament over a controversial tax bill. Police responded with tear gas, rubber bullets, and live rounds, resulting in several deaths and hundreds of injuries. Protesters set parts of the parliament building on fire, forcing lawmakers to flee.

Kenyan President William Ruto condemned the violence and vowed to prevent such incidents. The tax bill, which sparked the protests, included new taxes on essential items like bread, vegetable oil, sugar, sanitary towels, and diapers. The government argued that these taxes are needed to fund development programs and reduce public debt.

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