The managing editor of the insight newspaper Kwesi Pratt Jnr who was also one of the organizing members of Alliance for Change, the organisers of the Kume Preko demonstration has revealed that, President Nana Akufo Addo was NOT the leader of the Kume Preku demonstration but he only read the speaches of the alliance as a spokesperson.
The Alliance for Change organized a demonstration with the theme “Kume Preko” which means “You may as well kill me” which was held on May 11th 1995 in Accra in opposition to the Value Added Tax (VAT) initiative which was introduced under the Jerry John Rawlings administration.
In an interview with Paul Adom Otchery on Good Evening Ghana on metro Tv, Kwesi Pratt Jnr revealed that;
“Strictly speaking, we set out to build a strong collective and we insisted on collective leadership, so nothing happened that did not involve every body and nothing happened that we did not agree on, nobody was giving instructions and you can talk to all of them and they’ll agree with me. Nana’s name came up when we had drafted the first statement that we are to use for the press conference and then we asked ourselves, who amongst us was going to read the press statement and I think it was Akoto Ampaw and l said that it had to be Nana Akufo Addo and there was no objections and the question came that yes, He’s going to read this statement on our behalf but in what capacity? And the suggestion came that we should describe him as the spokes person. So throughout Nana Akufo Addo was know as the spokesperson of the group so we didn’t have a chairman, we didn’t have a secretary we didn’t have any position and the only position we had was that of the spokesperson confirmed on Nana Akuffo Addo read speaches our press conferences so he became more or less the face of the alliance.”