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Politics of Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Source: GNA

"Make Kyebi a Model of Multiparty Democracy"-Asiedu Nketiah

Kyebi, July 15, GNA- Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Monday, urged the Chiefs and people of Abuakwa South Constituency to make the capital, Kyebi, a model of multiparty Democracy, where there would be freedom of political expression, tolerance for opposing political views and the right of all political grouping to be free from intimidation and the threat of violence.

Mr Asiedu Nketiah was speaking at the palace of Kyebi, as a leader of a delegation of NDC leadership who called on the chiefs, following allegations of destruction of NDC posters and threats of intimidation of the party's functionaries levelled against some chiefs within the constituency.

He reminded the chiefs and people that the memory and heritage of Dr J.B. Danquah would be best presented if the people of his hometown lived by the ideals of multiparty democracy for, which he fought and died.

Mr Asiedu Nketiah, popularly known as General Mosquito, expressed his joy that the allegation against the chiefs had been found to be without merit and urged all to forget about the incident and move Abuakwa forward in unity.

He urged the NDC members to accord the traditional authorities the necessary respect and dignity as they go about their campaign. Osabarima Yaw Boakye Ofori Atta, Adontehene of Abuakwa, thanked the delegation for their efforts to follow up on those frivolous allegations to find out the truth themselves.

He said he was shock upon hearing the allegation on an Accra based Radio station for the first time when he could have been consulted for verification.

Osabarima Ofori Atta recounted his personal political history before he became a chief and indicated that most of that was with the Eagle party, so he understands well the requirement of multiparty democracy.

He urged all activists of the various political parties to use his palace as the first point of call in case of any complaints of threats of intimidation and destruction of posters for redress. The chief later donated a ram while the NDC also provided assorted drinks for a libation, which was poured to seek peace and reconciliation before, during and after the December Elections.