President John Mahama has blamed the police for last Sunday’s clashes between supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at Nima in Accra.
“Only last Sunday, we almost had a clash which was unfortunate; if any of those firearms had been fired and someone had dropped dead, it would have been a completely different story. I think we should be preventive enough in our actions to prevent such things. …I think that the police at Nima should have been better briefed knowing that this group was passing through, and then we should have taken appropriate safeguards to ensure that such a thing doesn’t happen,” President Mahama said when he met the Executive of the Trades Union Congress at the Flagstaff House in Accra yesterday.
The clashes happened as supporters of the NDC converged on the vicinity of the NPP flag-bearer’s residence at Nima. A few warning shots were fired.
President Mahama said: “By my nature, I’m not a person who encourages violence and I’ll never encourage violence. If any such thing will happen, it will not be because I have provoked it.”
Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP claim the NDC supporters threw stones into his residence, a situation that sparked the firing of the warning shots by the security detail at his residence.
The president said “we will avoid the flashpoints that create that kind of situation,” and charged the law enforcers to be proactive in preventing any violence or misconduct from party supporters in the build-up to the December 7 polls.
He also charged members of the public and various stakeholders to hold politicians to order.
“When we (politicians) ratchet up the political rhetoric, you should feel free and confident to call us to order,” the President added.
Meanwhile, the United States of America and the United Kingdom have condemned the attack on the residence of Nana Akufo-Addo.