Mahama, Rawlings conspicuously missing at 63rd independence anniv.

Former presidents John Dramani Mahama and Jerry John Rawlings were conspicuously missing at the celebration event to mark 63 years of Ghana’s independence from British rule.

The event was taken to the Ashanti Region capital of Kumasi for the first time in the anals of the nation.

In attendance was His Royal Mejesty, Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the King of the Ashanti Kingdom.

Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Christopher Rowley was the Guest of Honour.

But the event did not have most of the members of the opposition in attendance.

Most of the Minority Members of Parliament were absent.

It is unclear whether the National Democratic Congress (NDC) deliberately boycotted the event.

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor was present but the other living former presidents were absent.

Mr Mahama’s seat was later taken over by the National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay, who was seen seated near Mr Kufuor.

Seated next to Mr Blay were Ashanti Region Minister Simon Osei-Mensah and NPP Ashanti Region Chairman Bernard Antwi Boasiako, popularly known as Chairman Wontumi.

The event at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium was marked on the theme: ‘Consolidating Our Gains’.


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