September 6, 2010

The New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament for Fanteakwa, Kwabena Amankwa Asiamah, has criticized organizers of this year’s Ogua Fetu Afahye held in the Central region, for showing disrespect to the Presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Akufo Addo when he attended the event.

He described the refusal of the organizers to allow Nana Akufo Addo and his entourage from greeting the Chiefs on the dais and the failure to acknowledge the presence of Nana Akufo Addo who had been officially invited to the festival celebration, as an unfortunate development which should be discontinued.

Nana Akufo Addo and his entourage which included Kwamena Bartels, Boakye Agyarko; Isaac Edumadze, former Central Regional Minister; Madam Christine Churcher, Fred Oware, first national vice chairman of NPP; and the Central regional chairman of the party, Danquah Smith had the utter shock of their lives when they were prevented by a Presidential Aide Nii Lante Vandapuye from greeting the chiefs at the durbar grounds, when they had paid a courtesy call on the Oguaamanhen the previous day to confirm they would attend the festival.

Speaking on Peace fm’s morning show, the Member of Parliament for Fanteakwa, Kwabena Amankwa Asiamah, expressed concern over some politicians’ inability to tolerate their political opponents wherever they find them.

He added that the attitude of showing ones political opponent ‘where power lies’ should be discouraged as it does not auger well for the deepening of Ghana’s democracy.

It would be recalled that two years ago at the same event, security personnel of the then President Kufour , reportedly tried to prevent a bodyguard of Professor Mills from accompanying him to a dais to exchange pleasantries with President Kufuor and other dignitaries at a durbar to climax the Oguaa Fetu Afahye at the Jubilee Park.

This resulted into a scuffle between the two security details during which Prof. Mills’ security men claimed they were subjected to beatings resulting in one of them being hospitalized.

Story by: Kwadwo Anim/