The publication of Mortuary promise will whip up anti Muslim sentiments against NDC—Spokes person
Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has refuted claims that its flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama has promised to build more mortuaries for Zongo communities when given the nod in the 2020 elections.
According to a statement issued in Accra on Tuesday by the spokesperson of the party, James Agyenim-Boateng the publication was to whip up anti Muslim sentiments against the party.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the said publication is mischievous, deliberately distorted and calculated to whip up anti-Muslim sentiments against the NDC,” it said.
The statement explained that neither the former President John Mahama nor any member of the party has made such a promise.
This comes after the former president in an interview with TV XYZ and Woezor TV mentioned a number of interventions aimed at addressing the historical inequalities between Zongo, Deprived Urban Settlements and other communities.
During the interview, former president Mahama cited the negative effects of the Alien Compliance Order implemented by the Danquah-Busia tradition on Zongos.
He further acknowledged the concerns of Muslims about how traditional mortuaries handle their beloved ones when they pass on and promised that his new government would address the problem.
However, publications after the interview suggested that the flagbearer promised to build more mortuaries for Zongo communities which the statement refuted the report.
The statement noted that the former president never said he was going to build more mortuaries for Zongo communities but rather, he promised to “facilitate the establishment of mortuaries in accordance with Islamic custom and practices and collaborate with the Ministry of Health to set up focal teams responsible for procedures that are compliant with Islamic custom and practice at all public mortuaries.”
The statement therefore entreated the general public, especially Muslims to disregard such publication.