The name of former president John Mahama is missing in the list of African leaders and dignitaries that will be present at the swearing-in of President Akufo- Addo on Thursday, January 7 2021.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, who doubles as the Head of the Inauguration Committee, made the list public in a press briefing.
Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey disclosed that countries which cannot have their presidents in attendance will have representatives as in their Foreign Minister of High Diplomats.
“So far we have several Heads of States and governments who have accepted or who are going to be part of the ceremony,” Madam Botchwey said.
“Senegal, Côte 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 The Gambia and Nigeria by the Foreign Ministers.”
“We’ll 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 the 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”.
Mahama was not present at the final state of the nations address at the parliament today and it is unclear if he will be present come January 7.