MOTHERS of Ghana (MOG), a pressure group in Kumasi, which leans towards the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), has called on the General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to render an apology to Ghanaian women for the remarks he made about the former Minister of Tourism, Mrs Zita Okaikoi while sharing his thoughts on the recent ministerial reshuffle.
It said the statement by Mr Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, alias Sir John, smacked of disrespect for women and warned that failure to apologise would result in a demonstration by the group against him.
A press statement signed by the chairperson of the group, Ms Ama Sarpomaah, said: “We are concerned about what Mr Owusu Afriyie said on Citi FM, concerning the former minister, that instead of concentrating on tourism, she went to be delivered of a baby”.
“This statement is seriously against mothers and indeed all women in the country,” the statement said.
It pointed out that delivery of babies was a natural burden given to women by God and Mr Owusu Afriyie should have respected this.
“We believe he is a family man and will not hesitate in sending his wife to give birth outside the country if he can afford.”
“MOG knows that the family of Sir John, including his wife, lives in the United Kingdom and conventional wisdom indicates that most of his children were delivered in the UK,” it said.
The statement emphasised that Mrs Okaikoi only went on maternity leave and the question of where she spent it was immaterial.
“Mothers working within almost all sectors of the economy are legally entitled to maternity leave, as such Zita cannot be an exception,” it pointed out.
The statement appealed to President Mills to consider Zita as well as other women of substance in his next reshuffle.