Asokwa MP, Patricia Appiagyei
TWO NEW Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament have launched passionate appeal to the security apparatus in the Ashanti Region, particularly the police, to intensify its operations in order to ensure maximum security and protection for residents within the Kumasi metropolis.
The MPs said the Kumasi metropolis could witness what they described as ?citizen self protection? if the police fail to adequately deal with criminal activities of some unscrupulous elements within the city.
Both MPs for Bantama and Asokwa, Hon. Henry Kwabena Kokofu and Mad. Patricia Appiagyei, whose constituents came under strings of attacks last week by some thugs, suspected to be armed robbers, lamented in separate interviews with The Chronicle that fears have gripped people in their constituencies as a results of the attacks.
Hon. Kokofu noted that business activities within the Bantama constituency had reduced tremendously because residents, especially traders and market women feel insecure to go about their normal daily businesses, for fear of falling prey to these armed robbers.
The MP noted that though he acknowledges the efforts of the security agencies in stemming the increasing rate of criminal activities in the city, he believes a lot more proactive measures must be adopted to nip the operations of these unscrupulous elements in the bud before they even embark on these attacks.
?We must not wait till they launch the attack before battling them, we need to smoke them out from their hideouts and deal with them before they even get the opportunity to embark on such ambushes which often results in casualties,? he emphasized.
Residents in Kumasi, especially those within the business enclave, went through traumatic experiences last week, after some robbers launched series of attacks, robbing traders and commuters of valuable belongings.
Hon. Kokofu said his main concern was that if residents are not convinced enough about their security and safety, they may be compelled to arm themselves, a situation he described as ?citizens? self protection? ? and this according to him, could generate apprehension and result in even more chaotic situations.
The MP for Asokwa, Mad. Patricia Appiagyei on her part, observed that there should be a sustainable security measures to ensure that a long term protection and not just for few days or weeks.
Mama Pat, as she is affectionately called, also lamented the political twist some people are giving to the issue and called on party functionaries to desist from such acts, stressing ?matters of security and lives of people must not be politicized?.
The MPs, who have also articulated these concerns on the floor of parliament, therefore, urged the various security agencies to work in collaboration so that a more comprehensive security strategies and tactics can be implemented to ensure the safety of residents within the metropolis.
Meanwhile, Chronicle?s investigations have revealed that many traders in the Central Business District (CBD) have lately been compelled to close their shops earlier than usual because of fear of falling victim to armed robberies.
Many shop owners, who normally stay a little late, up to 7 p.m. before closing their shops, now close as early as 5 p.m. because they dread being caught in an armed robbery cross fire, should there be one.