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Mr Alan Kyerematen has condemned the “acts of violence” which took place during a funeral at Suhum. The trade minister and presidential aspirant has done well for coming in quick time to express his opposition to such barbaric and criminal act. So, for those diehards of npp who initially dismissed the social media circulation of this dastardly act as a mere and fake propaganda smear tactics being orchestrated by persons like mansa musa, you those my npp friends, I am a humble soul, your written apologies will be received by me with humility and not be treated as a humiliation, not at all. Now going back to Mr Kyerematen, he said or wrote “the ideals of the party has no room for violence and must be condemned by all well-meaning Patriots”. This is fine but I have a problem. Mr Kyerematen should have advised today’s generation of the UP/NPP party followers to desist from, not to repeat historical culture of violence that has been the unenviable hallmark of their party since the beginning of Multi-Party politics in Ghana.
Any decent historian of Ghana and Gold Coast will tell you about the unpleasant stories of the “Baffoe” knife killings and also six inch nails atrocities that characterised politics in Kumasi in the early years of Ghana Politics. Proper and fearless historians will inform you that many serious incidents of criminal nature were carried out by people and supporters of “maate mehu” group, that UP tradition that harboured a profound hatred for The Osagyefo (peacebeuponhisname). That UP people who’s sons and daughters today follow the npp with all their hearts, minds and soul. Mr Kyerematen should not pretend not to know historical atrocities carried out by people within the UP/NPP party over the years. He shouldn’t pretend as though violence in the UP tradition is a modern phenomena, alien to the core principles of the party.
Because as stated, since the beginning of Multi-Party politics in Ghana, the people of the UP tradition have believed in the use of violence to get to their target. Another issue I have with Alan’s statement is the non inclusion of a call to the party hierarchy to expell those who caused the commotion, especially that guy seen in the video, dangerously brandishing machete and who allegedly inflicted serious wounds on another person. He should have asked his colleagues to hand that man, apparently a driver, over to the police. For someone who wants to be our president, Mr Alan Kyerematen has disappointed, big time. For not being unequivocal with principles of law and order obligations. He called on the Suhum constituency 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 and discipline in the party”.
He has failed in my estimation, of his public, political and professional integrity as someone who aspires to be the Head of state of Ghana. I expect him to have a no-nonsense attitude to apparent or alleged “breach of the law”. He has failed in this respect. He should have used this unfortunate incident of such criminal nature to demonstrate his strong advocacy for “law and order” but rather he spoke as though this was just a party matter. What a shame……tell him, from mansa musa