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The attention of the JOHN MAHAMA 2020 Campaign has been drawn to a false, misleading
and inaccurate claims in publications carried by sections of the online media titiled “2020
elections: Mahama promises more mortuaries for Zongo communities”.

For the records, the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr
John Dramani Mahama, during a live interview with TV XYZ and WoezorTV, took the
opportunity to highlight his party’s proposed interventions in the People’s Manifesto for
Zongos and Deprived Urban Settlements.

Reading from page 82 of the NDC’s 2020 manifesto, Mr Mahama mentioned a number of
interventions aimed at addressing “the historical inequalities between Zongo, Deprived
Urban Settlements and other communities, including the negative effects of the Alien
Compliance Order implemented by the Danquah-Busia tradition on Zongos”.

Acknowledging the concerns of Muslims about how traditional mortuaries handle their
beloved ones when they pass on, Mr Mahama quoted the specific section of the People’s
Manifesto which addresses the issue and aims at lessening the burden of bereaved Muslims
by treating their deceased loved ones in line with accepted practices of the Islamic faith.

“So a lot of the Muslim communities have not been happy. And so we say ‘we will facilitate
the establishment of mortuaries in accordance with Islamic custom and practices and
collaborate with the Ministry of Health to set up focal teams responsible for procedures that
are compliant with Islamic custom and practice at all public mortuaries’ ”, he quoted.

For the avoidance of doubt, the said publication is mischievous, deliberately distorted and
calculated to whip up anti-Muslim sentiments against the NDC and the JOHN MAHAMA
2020 Campaign.

Muslims, in particular, and the general public are therefore entreated to disregard that
offensive publication by treating it with the contempt it deserves.

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