Police won’t ban parties’ health walk

COP TETTEH YOHUNO .

COP TETTEH YOHUNO .

The Police Administration says it has no intention to ban health walks organised by political parties, but will deal ruthlessly with supporters who foment trouble, ahead of the December 7 polls.

It said the culprits would be arrested and prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others.

The Director-General in charge of Operations, Commissioner of Police (COP) Christian Tetteh Yohuno, gave the warning in an interview with The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday.

His comments come on the heels of recent clashes between supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP) in parts of country during such health walks.

COP Yohuno said the Inspector General of Police, Mr. John Kudalor, had directed all Regional Commanders to be vigilant and arrest supporters who could cause trouble during such exercises.

He said the Police Administration would leave no stone unturned to ensure peace and stability in the country during and after the general elections, and, therefore, advised the political parties to educate their members to avoid violence during such exercises in the run-up to the elections.

The Ghanaian Times yesterday reported that 10 people sustained injuries on Sunday, during a clash between supporters of the NDC and the NPP at Koforidua Asokore, in the New Juabeng South constituency of the Eastern Region.

The incident occurred at about 9am, after the two groups embarked on separate health walks.

Supporters of both parties, according to eye-witnesses, began throwing stones at each other, and smashed vehicles of both parties.

A police reinforcement team had to fire teargas to separate the feuding groups.

The injured were rushed to the Koforidua St. Joseph’s Orthopedic and SDA hospitals where some of them were treated and discharged, while others were still receiving treatment.

Earlier last week Sunday, there was a clash at the residence of the NPP presidential  candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at Nima in Accra, when supporters of the NDC on a health walk were alleged to have diverted their route to his house and clashed with the security there.

They were reported to have thrown stones and bottles into the house of the NPP presidential candidate, and were confronted by the security.

Supporters of the NPP, clad in party paraphernalia later rushed to the residence of their leader to support the security personnel.

 

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

 

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