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Former Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo joins pensioners’ protest against inclusion in Domestic Debt Exchange

Former Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo has joined pensioners picketing the Finance Ministry to demand a total exemption of their investments in the controversial Domestic Debt Exchange Programme (DDEP).

Mrs Akuffo was seen holding a placard with the inscription ‘We depend our bond yields to pay our rent, medical bills, electricity bills and water bills.’

Members of the Pensioner Bondholders Forum on Monday, February 6, began picketing the Finance Ministry to demand a total exemption of their investments from the Domestic Debt Exchange programme.

Today is the fifth consecutive time members of the forum have showed up at the Ministry.

Government has proposed a 15% coupon rate. But the group of about 50 retirees, amid singing patriotic Ghanaian, songs rejected same.

According to them, they will not accept any haircuts on their investments as their livelihoods depend on the proceeds from these investments.

The aggrieved bondholder further bemoaned the lack of communication between them and the ministry, adding that it is unfortunate for the various institutions to look on unconcerned while they suffer under the scorching sun.

Meanwhile, the Pensioner Bondholders Forum has announced that its members would picket Parliament on Tuesday, February 14, to witness the debate between members of the House and the Finance Minister.

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