Ghanaian medical doctor and politician, Dr. Arthur Kobina Kennedy has waded into the controversies surrounding the memorial service held for the African American, George Floyd in the country.
George Floyd’s death sparked protests across the United States and beyond. To commiserate with the bereaved families and kick against racism, the Ministry of Tourism and the Ghana Tourism Authority in collaboration with some members of the Diaspora Community organised a memorial service for the African American in Accra, yesterday.
Speaking at the wreath-laying ceremony held at the W.E.B Dubois Centre, Tourism Minister Barbara Oteng-Gyasi called on African Americans who feel unwanted in the USA to resettle in Ghana.
Justifying reasons government organized the event, the Minister said it was to show solidarity with the grieving community because of how they honoured President Akufo-Addo’s invitation last year for the Year of Return program which was a huge success.
More so, because government has launched the Beyond the Return initiative this year to help Africans and African Americans in the diaspora to settle in Ghana and invest in the economy.
Reacting to the memorial service held, Dr. Arthur Kennedy said the country is really good at weeping for outsiders than our own.
According to him, there are several cases of injustices and deaths of individuals who weren’t given befitting burials or attention but government seeks to demand justice for the death of an outsider.
In a write-up on the June 4 uprising, Dr. Arthur Kennedy said “As for justice, no nation whose justice system has been touched by revolution would treat cassava and akonfem thieves harsher than the white-collar criminals who loot her coffers in broad daylight. The nation that couldn’t get justice for the generals, and the judges and has not even mourned its dead in Kume Preko is having a funeral for George Floyd! We are truly outsiders who weep louder than the bereaved.”
Dr. Arthur Kennedy is not the only one to criticize government on the move to honour George Floyd. Staunch NPP supporter, A Plus expressed disappointment in government and asked why nothing of that sort was done for Ghanaians who lost their lives through brutalities.
Writing on his Facebook wall, he said, “Government of Ghana is holding a ceremony in honor of George Floyd but the government has not been able to tell us why police shot and killed 7 unarmed Zongo boys in Kumasi and what has become of the investigation because Zongo lives don’t matter. “3 girls went missing in Takoradi but we didn’t hold a ceremony to honor them because Takoradi lives don’t matter. An unarmed man was shot and killed at Ashaiman during the lockdown but Ashaiman live don’t matter. 70 Ghanaians died in one accident at Kintampo. We didn’t hold an event to honor them. We didn’t even do DNA to identity those who were burnt beyond recognition so that their families could give them a befitting burial. We just dug a mass grave and pushed all of them into it. That was the end.”
“Today, we are holding a ceremony in Ghana to honour George Floyd. But this same government sent police to brutalise peaceful protesters in Adenta who were protesting for a footbridge. Ghanaians are not blacks. Their lives don’t matter!!! One day all of us will know who really cares about this country and its people. May God grant all of us long life!!!”