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Politics of Thursday, 26 September 2019


NDC ‘disowns’ Kwame Zu over insulting Okyehene comments

Kwame Zu, the NDC Ashanti Regional Secretary Kwame Zu, the NDC Ashanti Regional Secretary

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has disowned its Ashanti Regional Secretary, Kwame Zu, over insulting comments made against the Okyehene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin.

Mr. Kwame Zu last weekend rendered an unqualified apology to the Okyehene and the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council but that, however, could not stop them from proceeding to demonstrate against the NDC.

In a latest twist of events, Okyeman Caucus within the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has dissociated itself from comments.

A statement issued by Former Ghana’s Ambassador to the UK, Victor Smith states “They should take our party out, Kwame Zu has erred and nobody is holding brief for him and so whatever it will take to ensure there’s peace between the NDC and Okyeman will be done. They should give us an opportunity so we trash out issues and reduce it to Kwame Zu’s level not a major party like the NDC. Otherwise, it will seem as if the NPP is behind pushing the anti-NDC agenda. It looks like the inscriptions on the placards that were displayed were written by the NPP. NDC this NDC that, why has the NDC said anything against about Okyeman? no. This looks like it’s targeted at the party and not the individual who has committed the offence.

“…Before we could say jack on Monday they were demonstrating and calling us names. It has become like a direct attack on the NDC, therefore, we had to do a re-thinking of what this is all about. We haven’t committed any offence, that’s why I say I’m tempted to believe that there’s a bit of NPP machinations in the placards attacking the party making it look like the party has gone after the Okyehene.”

Kwame Zu who was last week addressing participants of a demonstration by the Coalition for National Sovereignty bemoaned the increasing hardship and refusal by the government to complete projects at various stages and questioned the commitment of the President in that respect when he has also refused to commission the ultra-modern Kejetia market.

“If this Kejetia edifice had been in Kyebi won’t Akufo-Addo open it for his people to use? What development has he brought to Asanteman…even his own hometown his people were competing for drinking water with animals, John Mahama had to provide potable water for his kinsmen. Until John Mahama provided water for him, Okyehene was drinking with animals.”

The statement has incurred the fury of the Okyeman Traditional Council who has demanded an apology or in default threatened to banish the party from the area.