Suhum NPP-NDC violent clash – Wake up call as provocations increase
Unfolding incidents triggered by provocations, attacks and counter attacks between NDC and NPP supporters over the past few days are fueling tension across the country with barely 54 days to the December polls.
The latest incident which occurred at Suhum on Tuesday, left at least four people sustaining various degrees of injuries. The victims, three ladies and a young man who sustained head injuries were rescued by a Police reinforcement team deployed to break up the clash at the Chief’s Palace.
Reports say the incident was triggered by supporters of the largest opposition party, calling themselves ROYAL LADIES OF THE NPP, who reportedly hurled insults at the District Chief Executive.
Incensed by their act which was allegedly becoming rampant in the area, a group of men confronted the ladies resulting in the violent clash. There were reports of gunshots in the midst of the confusion. No arrests were made by the Police has since begun investigations into the matter.
Barely a week ago, another electoral related violence at AjumakoBesease in the Central region, left at least two people with serious knife wounds.
An NDC supporter, Samuel Asare was stabbed in the right eye when some irate NPP thugs in a pick-up and on motor bikes viciously assaulted them at Bethel Hill.
Bystanders identified the perpetrator of the unprovoked attack as the driver of one J. N. Okyere who is the Managing Director of Comptran Engineering & Planning Associates and Chairman of the NPP’s Central Regional Finance.
Again but for the timely deployment of a police contingent, a planned counter attack would have aggravated the situation.
There have been other cases of violence across the country which have all gone unpunished.
Three weeks ago for example, supporters of the two main political parties again clashed at Kukoum in the Eastern Region.
Political analysts say the stakes in the 2016 elections are very high and have warned the Police and other security agencies to be on high alert. However there is a growing trend, which appears to be a political strategy by the main opposition party that need to be critically addressed immediately.
This strategy, according to party insiders is to mobilize supporters to stampede or try to embarrass the President and his Vice during the campaign tours.
On Tuesday, the NPP succeeded in carrying out that plan at Darkuman, a suburb of Accra. The NPP supporters lined up the narrow street hooting and shouting ‘SHAME, YERE SESAM, WE WANT CHANGE” as his convoy which was on a campaign tour of Accra approached.
The affable President, John Mahama, who is well known for his tolerance however braved through the scene waving supporters who cheered him while his security maintained a high level of discipline to prevent any incident.
Two weeks ago, the NPP again organized its supporters who tried to block Vice President PaaKwesiAmmisah Arthur’s convoy on his way to attend the Odwira festival in the Eastern region. It took Veeps convoy nearly 15 minutes to leave the town.
It will be recalled that, the NPP Youth wing led by Sammy Awuku and Anthony Karbo in August this year, led the demonstration in defiance of Police orders in Tamale to coincide with the arrival of President Mahama who was then embarking on his Accounting to the People Tour.
Their placards carried provocative messages “INCOMPETENT MAHAMA, WHERE IS THE GYEEDA MONEY, REDUCE ELECTRICITY TARIFFS and WE NEED CHANGE”. This infuriated the Azorka Boys, an NDC group who but for heavy police presence would have clashed them the demonstrators.
Last month, the NPP again hatched another dirty plan to take away the shine from the NDC manifesto launch in Sunyani.
It mobilized supporters among victims of the DKM micro finance scam, to embark on a demonstration on the very day the NDC event was scheduled. A court injunction secured by the Police after persuasion failed prevent what could have been another volatile situation.
With less than two months to the elections, peace loving Ghanaians are calling political parties to call their youth to order. The Police has also been advised to beef up intel and deal swiftly with anybody or group whose action are likely to breach the peace.
The public has also been advised to be on the lookout and shun those who foment trouble and their political parties.
The Police hierarchy and the Election Security Taskforce is privy to the development according to sources and are planning to meet all political parties leaders in a bid to caution them to ensure the 2016 elections is free, fair and peaceful.