Several thousand opposition supporters marched through Ghana’s capital on Wednesday to protest against widespread power shortages seen as harming the economy.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) which organised the rally, claims President John Dramani Mahama’s failure to boost electricity output has crippled business in a country viewed as the rising star of West Africa.
“We have a serious problem in this country,” said Isaac Osei, an NPP member of parliament who joined the rally.
“Our people have come out fully to show this government that it is time for them to fix the problem.”
Osei told AFP that the rally was not just a partisan demonstration, noting that business owners and labourers were also marching to show the damage done to the economy by power cuts.
“We don’t have light (electricity) to do our work,” said Isaac Kwaku Asante, who runs a barber shop in Accra. “If you go home, there is no light to power your fridge.”
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