What appeared to be an inciteful comment made by the embattled NPP Member of Parliament for Assin North, Kennedy Agyepong, has generated more condemnations from various political parties.
The Assin North MP is under investigations for his possible treasonable remarks on what he described as unprovoked attacks on NPP loyalists by some members of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the ongoing biometric registration exercise.
Commenting on the issue, the General Secretary of the People’s National Convention, Bernard Mornah thought his detention was appropriate.
He said, “It was most unfortunate that an Honorable Member of Parliament, could make such comments to the extent of inciting violence and I thought that it was condemnable by all well meaning people.”
He emphasised, “His subsequent arrest and for him probably to find the opportunity to regret the situation is one matter that I think was appropriate.”
“The law enforcement agencies will have to deal with people whose action can destabilise our society; to that extent I think that the law enforcement agencies acted correctly and what I will encourage is that irrespective of party or personality involved, anybody that makes such comments must be taken on and it must not be limited to one party.”
The National Secretary of the Progressive People’s Party, Kofi Asamoah Siaw, equally endorsed the police action.
“Mr. Kennedy Agyepong wanted to address a certain concern that he felt something has to be done about it, but the way and manner he went about it you cannot support it.”
“He was preaching some ethnic groups against others and his prescription could have landed all of us in undesirable consequences that is to say a civil war.”
Mr Siaw, however, raised issues on the conduct of the police in relation to the handling of political issues in the country and impressed upon the police administration to be neutral.
“But as a political party the PPP wants to say that the issues that are being raised in the statements purported to have been made by Kennedy Agyepong should be the centre of our discussion and that is the role of the Ghana Police Service in the maintenance of law and order in this country,” he said.**