12 April 2012

Ghana: DCE and NPP Agent Rehearse 'All Die Be Die'

Takoradi — THE ongoing biometric registration exercise continues to produce interesting scenarios at the various polling stations, most especially, between supporters of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).

In fact, the political tension which has characterized the biometric registration exercise between the two leading parties (NPP and NDC) became evident at Oda Kotomso, near Asankragwa in the Western region.

It was a scenario beyond comprehension and description when an NPP agent and the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Waasa Amenfi West, rehearsed what could best be described as 'All Die Be Die' slogan.

The event unfolded when the NPP agent, Kwesi Nyarko challenged the nationality of four applicants who were to undertake the registration exercise. The DCE, Samuel Victor Meisu reportedly questioned the right of the NPP agent to challenge the nationality of the four applicants.

But before the NPP agent could reply the DCE, the latter had unleashed a hefty slap on the face of the NPP agent, pushing him straight onto the ground. Mr. Kwesi Nyarko, who did not take kindly to the behavior of the DCE, also replied him with a slap, sending the DCE to the ground.

This attracted the wrath of the bodyguards of the DCE who reportedly pounced on the NPP agent and assaulted him, until he became unconscious and was subsequently rushed to a nearby clinic. He has since been discharged.

Another agent, Frank Mensah, was also not spared by the DCE, who succeeded in tearing his cloth, when he attempted to come to the rescue of his colleague who had earlier been assaulted by the DCE.

The assault on the personality of the NPP agents, however, attracted the wrath of the NPP supporters in the community, who marched to the scene and attempted to retaliate, but the Police halted the move.

Though Kwesi Nyarko and Frank Mensah, the NPP agents who were slapped by the DCE and his machomen, had confirmed the story in a telephone interview with The Chronicle, the DCE on the other hand denied the story. The case has been referred to the Asankragwa Police.

According to the DCE, he never assaulted the NPP agent in question, when he challenged the nationality status of the applicants. He explained that he only questioned the NPP agent why he was trying to deny the four applicants the right to register.

The NPP constituency Chairman, Bernard Ngetua, however, confirmed the story and added that he led the agents to the Police station to report the incident.

In a related development, the Bibiani Anmwiaso Nkwanta constituency branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has accused the parliamentary candidate of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Moses Armah of importing people from outside the constituency to register in the ongoing biometric registration exercise.

In a press statement issued by the NPP in the constituency, it stated 'We write to register our displeasure on the conduct of the NDC parliamentary Candidate, Moses K. Armah regarding the Biometric registration exercise underway in our constituency.

He has engaged in importing people from Atwima Mponua, Kumasi, Accra and other places to register in our constituency to enable them vote for him in the December, 2012 polls'.

The press statement signed by Mr. Emmanuel Aidoo, who is the spokesperson for the party in the constituency, added that the NDC parliamentary candidate had also engaged some people through the efforts of branch executives of NDC to intimidate NPP agents who try to interrogate aliens and minors before registration.

But Mr. Moses Armah, who is also a former District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area, speaking in a telephone interview with this reporter denied the allegation leveled against him by the NPP.

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