We’ll avoid what happened in Kenya – John Mahama


Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Mahama has emphasised the need to prevent Ghanaians from replicating recent disturbances in Kenya.

For the past few days, Kenyans have embarked on decentralised mass protests against tax hikes and a subsequent demand for the resignation of their President, William Ruto.

While criticising the Akufo-Addo-led administration’s perceived mismanagement of the economy, John Mahama said the next NDC administration will create numerous opportunities, especially for the teeming youth population.

Speaking during a working visit to the La Dadekotopon constituency on July 5, Mahama stated, “They say Africa’s population is youthful and it’s important to have a youthful population. But if you have a youthful population and you’re not creating opportunities for them, then it can become a timebomb.

“We have all seen what is happening in Kenya, we don’t want that to happen in Ghana. And so, when we come, things are going to be different. It’s not going to be business as usual; we want to be a government in a hurry to repair the mess created by Bawumia and Akufo-Addo.

“The people of Ghana are looking at NDC to come and rescue them from the hardships in which they have been plunged…We will do things that will turn the economy around as quickly as possible.”

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Meanwhile, Kenyan leader, President William Ruto says the government will provide full support to the families of those who lost their lives and those injured during the recent anti-Finance Bill 2024 demonstrations.

Speaking on Friday, July 5, at State House, Nairobi, President William Ruto acknowledged the past two weeks as a challenging period for the country, marked by loss of life, injuries, and property damage.

“I extend my deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. One life lost is one too many. To the parents, siblings, relatives, and friends of the deceased, my heartfelt sympathies go out to you. We also wish a swift recovery to the injured. The government of Kenya will support all those affected,” Ruto stated.

Ruto also commended the ongoing discussions led by the younger generation, particularly Gen Z, for shifting the national dialogue towards critical issues that affect all Kenyans, regardless of tribe or political affiliation.

“As a nation, we are finally having the right conversation—focused not on our tribes, personalities, or political affiliations, but on issues such as taxation, debt, the budget, corruption, the cost of living, unemployment, and opportunities for our youth,” he added.

His comments come amid increasing criticism of his administration over proposed taxes, corruption among State officers, and high unemployment rates among the youth.

Ruto faced backlash on Sunday, June 30, across social media platforms for perceived failures to fulfill his promises to Kenyans, including the use of excessive police force against.