26 November 2012

Ghana: Mahama Condemns Political Intolerance

President John Dramani Mahama, on Friday, condemned the political clashes that had over the months been registered in the Akyem Abuakwa area of the Eastern Region. He said the area was the home of democracy, since political stalwarts such as J.B Danquah, Sir William Ofori Atta and former President Edward Akufo-Addo hailed from there. He said creating political tensions could indict the people and the political history of the area.

President Mahama condemned the clashes, when he addressed a rally as part of his three-day campaign tour of the region. Before the arrival of the President at the rally grounds, supporters of both the National Democratic Congress (NDC)( and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) allegedly engaged in verbal and physical clashes that led to the destruction of party posters and other paraphernalia.

President Mahama said political campaigns were about trading of issues, ideas and programmes, therefore, the use of verbal attacks was detrimental to progress and development, and should therefore, not be tolerated. He promised the people of Akyem Abuakwa they would receive their fair share of development projects, and appealed to them to vote massively for the NDC to acquire all the development projects of their choice.

"The next time I am coming here as the President of the Republic of Ghana, then we would have fixed the Kibi-Koforidua road, which I have seen today in a very deplorable state," he added. President Mahama promised to support Okyehene Amoatia Ofori Panin establish the university he was embarking on at Bonsu, adding: "In our next four years, we shall establish a new public university in the region."

Mr. Victor Smith, Regional Minister, said Ghana was a democratic country, and every person had the rights and freedoms to belong to one political party or the other, and people who interrupt the peace of the area would dealt with according to the laws of the land. "Whether you are NDC or NPP, all you need to know is that you all belong to Okyenman, and therefore, need to forge ahead for development," he said.

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