Ghana’s governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) said on Monday it would investigate the circumstances surrounding Kenya’s decision to refuse entry for Peter Mac Manu, a senior party official, who was billed to observe the upcoming general election in the East African country.
Mac Manu, the NPP’s campaign manager in the 2016 elections, was leading a delegation of the Democratic Union of Africa to observe next Tuesday’s elections in Kenya but was refused entry by authorities over the weekend.
The deportation followed reports alleging that the NPP was supporting the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, to create a parallel election tally result platform, just like it did in Ghana’s elections last year.
But senior officials of Ghana’s ruling party have condemned the deportation of its guru.
John Boadu, acting General Secretary, said the NPP took a strong view on the incident and would launch investigations into it and take a decision.
“Mac Manu is a member of the Democratic Union of Africa, which is a sub-body of the bigger body of the International Democratic Union. It is rather unfortunate that the Kenya authorities will behave like that. I don’t know what the motive was. Whatever it was, it was wrong,” he said.
The deputy General Secretary of the NPP, Nana Obiri Boahen, described the allegations against Mac Manu as false.
“They said they will not allow Peter Mac Manu to go there and it is a serious indication that things are not going on well. How do you accuse the NPP in Ghana that they want to rig the elections? This primitive way of handling matters ongoing in Kenya; we need to be serious about it,” he told local media.
Kenyans will vote on August 8 to choose among candidates for the presidency, National Assembly, Senate, and County Governors and County Assemblies. Enditem