The Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, has condemned the recent violent clash between some supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) which led to two persons injured, at a funeral in the Suhum Constituency of the Eastern Region on Saturday.
He said the incident which occurred at the burial ceremony of the father of a staunch member of the party, with viral reports that the clash happened between his supporters and those of the Vice President, was barbaric and should be investigated by leadership of the party.
This was contained in a press statement issued yesterday and signed by the minister which said “the incidence of reported violent clashes between supporters of our party in the Suhum Constituency of the Eastern Region on August 28, 2021, is most unfortunate and must be condemned by all well-meaning patriots.
“Rumors currently circulating on social media that the clash was between my supporters and those of our Vice President are not only completely false, but mischievous and have been contrived to bring both the Vice President and my good self into public ridicule,” the statement said.
It saiddisagreement whether relating to a contest for position or differences in ideas and opinions should not be manifested in such violence, stressing “I condemn without reservation this barbaric act of some members of our party and the ideals and tradition of the NPP symbolises peace, unity, cohesion and harmonious coexistence.
“I urge the Suhum Constituency Executives, the Eastern Regional Executives, as well as the National Executives of the party to take immediate steps to resolve the differences between the two feuding sides to restore peace, unity, respect and discipline within the rank and file,” the statement said.
It was a free-for-all fight between some NPP supporters which ended up with the party’s Lower West Akyem Communications Officer, Bernard Kwesi Amoani, being slashed with a cutlass on the head with another victim, Alexander Odei, also sustained injuries on his lips at the chaotic scene which ensued on August 28.
BY BERNARD BENGHAN