Photos: When The “Kume Preko Gang” Met 25 Years On

 

25 years of Kumi Preko
President Akufo-Addo exchanging pleasantries with Kweku Baako at the meeting

Photos of Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a meeting with some members of the “Kume Preko” demonstration has surfaced on the internet.

Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, Kwesi Pratt Jnr. and Akoto Ampaw were all in attendance to mark the 25th anniversary of “Kume Preko”.

The photos bring some nostalgic feelings as it has been described by many as a meeting of “old friends and new foes”.

The “Kume Preko” demonstration was the name given to an anti-government demonstration that occurred in Ghana in 1995, led by Nana Akufo-Addo.

The protest took place in opposition to the Value Added Tax (VAT) initiative which was introduced under the Jerry John Rawlings administration.

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It is said to have been one of the biggest protests ever organised in the country, with an estimated 100,000 people participating.

Some participants of the 1995 ‘Kume Preko’ demonstration

The demonstration was initially billed as a peaceful protest but quickly became violent when unidentified assailants shot live bullets into the crowd resulting in the deaths of a few protestors.

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Those at the forefront of this protest were Nana Akufo-Addo, Dr Charles Wreko Brobbey, Kwasi Pratt Jnr, Dr Nayarko Tamakloe, Abdul Malik Kwaku Baako, Akoto Ampaw, Victor Newman, Kwaku Opoku and Napoleon Abdulai.

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