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General News of Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Source: The Chronicle

Attorney General chased out

The people of Diabene in the Essikado-Ketan constitueney in the Western Region jolted their Member of Parliament, Mr Joe Ghartey, hooting and booing him.

Some people even attempted to physically assault him when he went to distribute bulbs in the community.

The entire community of Diabene angrily and forcibly chased out Mr. Ghartey and warned him not to set foot in the area again.

It took the intervention of the Queen mother of Diabene, Nana Arabi Esoun II and the Unit Committee Chairman, Uncle Kwame Elu to save the MP from the wrath of the community.

The body guard of the MP also helped save the situation by whisk¬ing his boss into his saloon car, to the annoyance of the people of Diabene which saw them (commu¬nity) resort to hooting at the MP.

The community people chased out the MP after some of them had subjected him to critical questions bothering on his poor human relations and lack of respecter them.

The reason for the entire community chasing their MP and his team was simple - the MP had deceived them with vague promis¬es.

According to them top on the list of the MP's vague and unfulfilled promises was the tarring of the main Diabene feeder road.

They said the MP, who is also the Attorney General and Minister of Justice had promise to tar when tar the road if he was elected to represnent the people in Parlaiment.

But years after the elections that promise had not been fulfilled. The sudden distribution of the bulbs according to some of the youth, who spoke to this reporter, was an attempt by the MP to 'buy' their votes especially coming in the wake of an election year.

The Youth also stated that, the MP knew very well that he had treated them with contempt, having obtained their votes and failed to come back to thank them, or even ask them how they were faring.

The visit by the MP to distribute the ten street light bulbs was his first step on the soil of Diabene after he was elected as a Legislator from the area.

Though Mr. James Obeng, the Essikado-Ketan constituency Secretary of the NPP, who was part of the MP's meeting with the people of Diabene denied that the latter was chased out, he failed to tell the purpose of the distribution of the street light bulbs when queried by this reporter.

He added that the distribution went well and that nothing untoward had happened.

He told the Chronicle reporter, "I know Chronicle has an agenda against Joe-Ghartey so I am not surprised you are telling me we were chased out".

However, the Queen mother of Diabene and the Unit committee chairman of the area have both confirmed the story.

Speaking in an interview at her residence, the Queen mother Nana Araba Esoun II, said that she herself was disturbed about the conduct of the people of the communi¬ty when they hooting at the MP.

Mr Ghartey is suspected to have some problems with his colleague MP from neighbouring Sekondi, Papa Owusu Ankoma, stemming from the days prior to the December Presidential race, when Hon Joe Ghartey was the bridgehead for Mr. Alan Kyeremanten in the western region.

Available information is that Mr Ghartey will be returned to parliament as there is no challenger for the seat.

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