Sir John’s funeral: Prez Akufo-Addo must apologise for breaking Covid-19 rules- Muntaka demands

Member of Parliament (MP) for Asawase in the Ashanti region, Alhaji Mubarak Mohammed Muntaka says the president Nana Akufo Addo must render an unqualified apology to Ghanaians after failing to comply with Covid 19 rules.

Speaking to Joy News monitored by, the former Minister for Sports observed the wanton disrespect of Covid 19 protocols during the funeral rites of the former Forestry Commission Boss, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, also known as Sir John, was very worrying and can give rise to Covid 19 cases soon.

“Now one member of Parliament is infected with the virus though it is alleged that he has taken the first and the second Jab of the Covid 19 Vaccine,” he said.

He said the president after passing restrictions act 2020( Act 1012) which prohibits huge gathering amidst COVID- 19 in order to curb the pandemic should also comply without breaching the law.

President Akufo-Addo

When asked whether or not the action of the president and his officials needs to be investigated, Mr Muntaka said it is very difficult to prosecute the president so it will be good for him to come out to apologize for what happened at Sakra Wonoo during the final funeral rites of the late Sir John.”

The late Kojo Owusu Afriyie was laid to rest in his hometown at Sakra Wonoo in the Ashanti region on Thursday, June 3, 2021, after he passed away last year.

GMA Worried

Meanwhile, the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has charged the Ghana Police Service to arrest and prosecute organizers of the funeral for the former Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie (Sir John).

The professional body says the thousands of mourners that flouted the COVID-19 protocols will escalate the cases currently being handled.

Speaking to Kwame Minkah on Dwaboase on power 97.9 FM Tuesday morning, Deputy General Secretary of the GMA, Dr Titus Beyuo who expressed disappointment in President Akufo-Addo and his appointees described the gathering as reckless.

“We know there are laws and we know there are clear guidelines as to how to organize funerals and the number of people who can attend private burials,” he said and posited that the organizers of the funeral be arrested.

Recounting how the Christ Embassy Church flouted the protocols and being investigated, Dr Beyuo said “Just as they did to the Christ Embassy Church; we know the organizers of the programme are going through some form of investigation and we are even expecting them to be prosecuted so why should someone do the same thing and you expect us not to talk about it?



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