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General News of Thursday, 11 February 2016

Source: Peace FM

Mahama didn’t show respect to family of slain MP - Wontumi

The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Bernard Antwi Boasiako, also known as Chairman Wontumi is displeased with the medium with which President John Dramani Mahama used to offer his condolence to the bereaved family of the late Hon. JB Danquah-Adu.

President John Dramani Mahama has expressed “shock” over the killing of the MP for Abuakwa North, Joseph Boakye Danquah.

The MP was killed on Tuesday dawn, February 9, 2016, at his residence at Shiashie in Accra.

The president took to Twitter to confirm the reception of the sad news and to extend his condolences to the family of the slain lawmaker.

He tweeted thus:

John Dramani Mahama ?@JDMahama

Received news of my friend Hon. J.B. Danquah Adu's murder with shock. My heart goes out to his siblings, Frank, etc., his wife & children.

But Chairman Wontumi who is not happy with the channel the President used to offer his respect to the dead and his family said on Okay Fm’s Ade Akye Abia Morning Show that it is traditionally wrong to sympathize with the family in that manner.

“It does not show respect for President Mahama to tweet to console the family of the deceased MP. It is not traditional for him to use that medium to sympathize with a member who is party to one of the arms of government which makes laws for the country…it is sad and surprising for the President to do that,” he chided.

“JB Danquah Adu is not an ordinary person in the country…I expected as the Parliamentarians did, considering events surrounding his death, the President would have issued a statement to offer condolence to the bereaved family; it does not show respect to someone who has helped the nation to pass several laws with his wisdom, energy and time,” he added.

He believed President John Mahama is not showing any interest towards the safety of his people, especially in the wake of numerous cases of contract killings and unresolved murders.

He, therefore, was of the view that President Mahama should have used the death of Hon. Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu to assure the nation of maximum protection to offer hope of peaceful environment for Ghanaians.

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