November 6, 2013

The Member of Parliament for Ayawaso Central, Henry Quartey who was accused of inciting traders operating at Tip-toe lane against the police and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) during a demolishing exercise on Tuesday has denied the allegation and challenged the police to go to antoa nyama (a deity in the Ashanti region) for the truth to be brought to bear.

“I am a Christian, I have never done this before but I dare them that we should go to “antoa nyama” and anybody who says I brought people there to incite people, both of us should go and one of us will not return,” he said.

Officials from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and the Police on Tuesday demolished unauthorized structures at Tip-toe lane near Kwame Nkrumah Circle.

The Director of the Operation, Chief Supt. Sylvester Boyou who spoke to Citi News indicated that the exercise started with little resistance from the traders until the MP arrived in the area.

In an interview on Eyewitness News Hon. Henry Quartey said: “I did not go there to incite people and I will never insight anybody against the police because I think that it is my duty and responsibility to help the people to help the police to discharge their duties professionally.

I want to use your medium to say categorically that as a member of parliament the last thing that I will do is to be an impediment in the way of the police and to obstruct the police in carrying out their duties.”

According to him, the allegations leveled against him are false and “very unfair” adding that he went there to find a better approach of going about the demolition exercise.

“I told them that I don’t have a problem with what they are doing. However I think that their position is wrong, bearing in mind the current situation in this country,” he added.

He also stated that, “in the same vein, I think that I will not sit and watch the police infringe on the very rights of the people they are supposed to protect.”