Former President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama has defended the National Communications Officer of his party Sammy Gyamfi’s Cartoon that courted for him backlash some days ago.
Mr Sammy Gyamfi days ago tweeted a cartoon that sought to describe the injustices meted out to the Ghanaian voter due to the Electoral Commission’s insistence on the use of only the Passport and Ghana card as the only form of identification.
However, the cartoon received backlash from people on social media because to them it was insensitive to use an illustration of how George Floyd was killed to tell his story to win political points and to paint a good picture of his political party.
Sammy Gyamfi vehemently defended his tweet saying ” This cartoon doesn’t mock the painful xenophobic murder of George Floyd or seek to exploit same for political capital in any way. Floyd was choked to death while screaming for breathe. In GH today, the Jean Mensah-led EC is seeking to disenfranchise millions of eligible voters through a xenophobic voter register. The potential victims of this grave injustice, are screaming for breathe. They are screaming for their inalienable right to vote. Nothing wrong with sharing a cartoon which draws a parallel between the painful xenophobic murder of George Floyd, and the evil attempt by the GH EC to disenfranchise millions of eligible voters through a xenophobic voter register. Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere. This is a serious matter, not a joke”.
Reacting to the cartoon that caused social media uproar, the former President of Ghana noted that Ghanaians and especially the NPP are noted for double standards.
He shared a cartoon depicting the beatings some supposed members of the NDC received at the hands of the security then indicating that it has similar undertones with regards to what Sammy Gyamfi said so if they did not have a problem with that, why should they have a problem with Sammy Gyamfi’s cartoon.
He posted “A tale of two cartoons:
Sensitivity – Sensitivities (plural).
Definition: the quality or condition of being sensitive: feelings liable to be offended or hurt; sensibilities.
Double standard – Double standards (plural).
Definition: a rule or principle, which is unfairly applied in different ways to different people or groups”.
Source: MyNewsGh.com/Ayeh Offei-Akoto/2020