A member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) communication team, Peter Akwasi Mensah has condemned the clash between some supporters of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) at a funeral in Suhum in the Eastern Region on Saturday August 28.
There are reports that the bloody clash was as a result of a misunderstanding between some supporters of Trades Minister, Alan Kojo Kyerematen, and Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia.
A driver of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Suhum, one Jamalo, allegedly inflicted knife wounds on a member of the communications team of the NPP in the region, Amoani Peter.
The incident occurred after supporters of the MP and of another person who is planning to unseat the lawmaker in the upcoming primaries of the party, engaged in a fight at the funeral ceremony.
Several others sustained injuries in the process and were admitted to the Suhum Government Hospital for treatment.
Reacting to the issue on Tonton Sansan on TV XYZ, Peter Akwasi Mensah observed that the violence tendencies stem from the leadership of the NPP to the grassroots.
“The violent nature of the NPP was portrayed in the Suhum fight. Violence is in the DNA of the NPP,” Mensah stated and called for the police to show professionalism and deal with the driver of the Suhum MP.
Meanwhile, Alan Kyerematen has denied claims that the clash was between his supporters and that of Dr Bawumia.
Below is the full statement:
ALAN KYEREMATEN CONDEMNS CLASHES BETWEEN SOME NPP SUPPORTERS IN SUHUM
The incidence of reported violent clashes between supporters of our great party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Suhum constituency of the Eastern Region on Saturday, August 28, 2021, is most unfortunate and must be condemned by all well meaning Patriots.
Rumors currently circulating on social media that the clash was between my supporters and those of our Vice President are not only completely false, but mischievous and have been contrived to bring both the Vice President and my good self into public ridicule. I condemn without reservation this barbaric act of some members of our great party.
I believe strongly that any disagreement whether relating to a contest for position or differences in ideas and opinions should not be manifested in such violence in a party such as ours. The ideals of our party and tradition call for peaceful and harmonious coexistence and our motto, (Development in Freedom), has no place for violence.
I therefore urge the Suhum Constituency Executives, the Eastern Regional Executives as well as the National Executives of the party to take immediate steps to resolve the differences between the two feuding sides to restore peace and discipline in the party.