Two activists of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Maxwell Ameyaw and Stanley Kumi met their untimely death yesterday, when they were electrocuted.
The two men were trying to mount an electronic billboard of the party’s parliamentary candidate for Sunyani East, Ameyaw Kyeremeh, at Abesim, near Sunyani.
Two others, Kofi Brenya (alias Kenya) and Evans Ababio, who survived and are currently at the Intensive Care Unit of the Sunyani Regional Hospital receiving treatment.
According to eye-witness accounts, the victims were lifting the metal billboard to the banner on the other face, when it came in contact with the Volta River Authority, (VRA) electrical cable in the air, leading to their electrocution.
Their bodies have been deposited at the Regional Hospital’s mortuary.
Confirming the incident to The Ghanaian Times, the Deputy NPP Regional Secretary, Kofi Boateng described the incident as “bizarre and most unfortunate,” saying that the party would soon meet the families of the dead.
“The party is ready to cooperate with the police for any kind of investigation,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the Communications Director of the Sunyani East NPP, Maxwell Mahama, has also expressed the party’s condolences to the bereaved families, and the party had suspended any ongoing party activities, including door-to-door campaigning until the one-week celebration of their departed colleagues was observed.
An attempt to contact the police on the issue proved futile, as several calls placed to the Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Maxwell Atingane, went unanswered.
From Daniel Dzirasah Sunyani