Private legal practitioner Martin Kpebu has commended former Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo for bodily speaking against the inclusion of pensioners in the Doetsic Debt Exchange programme (DDEP).
Speaking on the Key Points on TV3 Saturday February 11, Mr Kepu said “Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo has shown us the way. She has liberated us. I see her as the Yaa Asantewaa in this situation.
“Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo is part of government but when it was time to make a statement, she spoke up. We want the big people in the society to talk.”
His comments come on the heels of Former Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo justifying her decision to join pensioners to openly register their displeasure about their inclusion in the Domestic Debt Exchange Programme (DDEP) after stating that she is no longer a government employee, therefore, has been ungagged.
She joined a group of pensioners to picket at the Ministry of Finance in Accra on Friday, February 10.
Speaking to journalists she said “These are all people who have worked, they have worked very hard, they could have left the country when others were going but they stayed, they worked for the nation.
“We have had our ups and downs. A lot of us were from generations where we were encouraged to save for tomorrow and all that. We have been through times where all your savings become nonsense because of some government policies, then over the years, bit by bit, people have become more confident in the economy and investments.
“Quite a number of people here today, when they retired last two years they have put everything into government bonds, it is a contract and now all of a sudden, you virtually want to, at gunpoint, force them to agree with you that the repayment of the yield of their investment should be as you dictate it. Why?”
She further criticized the government for not being able to account for the borrowings done over the years.
“Why are we in the mess? Nobody has fully explained to us, yes we took debt, what was it used for? and where is the accountability? Exactly what was it used for? You are not telling us about how you are going to be able to make things better but just that ‘help me and I help you’, no, you help yourself first, let me see you doing something serious because we have seen these sorts of things too many times.
“I am over 70 years now, I am no longer government employed, my mouth has been ungagged and I am talking and I am saying that we have failed and it is important that the elderly should be respected. I find this wicked, I find it disrespectful, I find it unlawful, I find it totally wrong.
The pensioners have been picketing at the Ministry since Monday, February 6 to be exempted from the Programme.
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana