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06-Jan-2010  
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Mr. Kofi Poku Manu, Ashanti Regional Minister and Chairman of the Ashanti Regional Security Council.
 
 
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The opposition New Patriotic Party is asking for the immediate removal of Mr. Kofi Poku Manu, Ashanti Regional Minister and Chairman of the Ashanti Regional Security Council, from office by President Mills saying the Minister’s call, inciting NDC activists to beat up political opponents is “criminal, dangerous and morally reprehensible,” and must therefore “attract the severest of sanctions.”

The party is also calling on the police to take up the issue and cause the arrest of Mr. Kofi Opoku Manu for immediate prosecution.

The Ashanti Regional Minster may have since apologized publicly for his conduct, nonetheless, in a press statement issued today and signed by its Communication Director, Kweku Kwarteng, the NPP said “as minister of state, he has responsibility to protect the peace of this country and to be an example to others, especially the youth. In particular, as the Chairman of the Regional Security Council, his primary concern should be about the peace of every citizen irrespective of their political views.”


Below is the full text of the NPP's press statement calling for the firing and prosecution of the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Kofi Opoku Manu.


Press Statement

REMOVE ASHANTI REGIONAL MINISTER FROM OFFICE AND PROSECUTE HIM

The call by the Ashanti Regional Minister and Chairman of the Ashanti Regional Security Council, Mr Kofi Poku Manu, inciting NDC activists to beat up political opponents is criminal, dangerous and morally reprehensible. It must attract the severest of sanctions.

As minister of state, he has responsibility to protect the peace of this country and to be an example to others, especially the youth. In particular, as the Chairman of the Regional Security Council, his primary concern should be about the peace of every citizen irrespective of their political views. To incite NDC party faithfuls to break the law and visit violence on innocent citizens of this country simply because they have different political views is an irresponsible behavior by the Chairman of the Regional Security Council that must never go unpunished.

The spate of violent attacks on innocent citizens by NDC activist since the NDC assumed office in January 2009 is a product of a culture of violence sponsored by such wicked and reckless political leaders.

The President must identify with the sentiments of the public and remove Mr. Kofi Poku Manu from office without any delay. There is a burden on President John Evans Atta Mills to prove that he does support, and has the courage to check the use of violent methods in political discourse by his appointees.

The police must also take up this issue and arrest Mr. Kofi Poku Manu for immediate prosecution. It would be bad signal to the public if the police allow such high profile incitement to violence to go unpunished. It would undermine confidence in the police and weaken their ability to deal with wanton violence committed by ordinary people in the street. The police must act on this matter now.

Later in an interview on PEACEFM News, the NPP's Communication Director said Mr. Manu's urging of NDC activists to slap their political opponents who taunt them leaves much to be desired but also an identifiable trait associated with the ruling party's penchant for violence.
 
 
Source: Kwadwo Asante/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana
 
 

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