Thirteen African Heads of State including the President of Senegal, Macky Sall, President of Liberia, George Weah and the President of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara have confirmed that they will be in attendance at the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Vice President-elect Mahamudu Bawumia on Thursday, 7th January 2021.
This was disclosed by the Head of the Inauguration Committee and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at a press briefing in Accra. She said other countries including Nigeria, Gambia, India and France would be represented by their Foreign Ministers at the ceremony which starts at 11am.
Mrs Botchwey said other Heads of State who have confirmed their attendance include; the President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré; the Head of state of Mali, Acting President Bah Ndaw; the President of Chad, Marshal Idriss Déby; the President of Angola, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenç; the President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo; the President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio; the President of Guinea Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embaló; the President of Guinea, Alpha Condé; the President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbé and the President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou.
“So far we have several Heads of State and government who have accepted or who are going to be part of the ceremony,” Madam Botchwey said. “Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Guinea, Togo, Niger and the other countries that will be represented, such as Gambia and Nigeria by the Foreign Ministers.
“We all have the Foreign Minister of India, the Foreign Minister of France, Foreign Minister of Rwanda, Foreign Minister of Gabon, we also have the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of Gambia, we have the UK Minister for Africa, We have the US Special Envoy for the Sahel, of course, we have the President of ECOWA Commission and we also have the Chairperson of the AU Commission. We have representatives of the Conservative Party from the United Kingdom and we have representatives of the CDU and allied parties from Germany, so far these are the confirmations we have”.
Madam Botchwey in an address also stated in line with Ghana’s COVID-19 protocols, all foreign delegations will be required to provide a negative 72-hour PCR test before they are admitted into the country.
Additionally, all participants in the ceremony will be required to keep their face masks on at all times. “The Committee has been minded by the COVID-19 protocol of social distancing, which will be adhered to. As part of the protocol guidelines drawn up for the ceremony, visiting delegations will be required to provide a negative 72-hour PCR test before they are admitted into the country.
“In this connection, participants in the ceremony will be required to keep their face masks on at all times. Indeed, the need to strictly observe the COVID-19 protocols informed the number of persons which will be accredited to participate in the ceremony. The Committee understands the huge public interest in the ceremony but increasing the numbers will be simply disregarding the COVID-19 protocols, with its attendant dire consequences for the health and safety of everybody. I will therefore wish to plead with the members of the public to follow the ceremony from the comfort of their homes as it will be broadcast live on all major television and radio stations”.