Mahama Convoy Pelted With Stones

John Mahama

President John Mahama

THE CONVOY of President John Dramani Mahama was allegedly stoned by some disgruntled people at Asotwe near Ejisu in the Ashanti Region Tuesday evening.

The unknown attackers, in a dangerous fashion, reportedly hurled several stones at the president’s convoy, which was coming from the Piase direction to Ejisu at about 8pm.

Luckily, President Mahama’s vehicle was not hit by the huge stones but some of the vehicles in the long convoy were affected.

The president and his entourage were earlier said to have been hooted at on Tuesday afternoon at Adum in Kumasi when they were passing through the area.

Two people are said to have been arrested by the Ejisu police for the alleged attack and hooting.

Their identities were not known as at press time but information indicated that there were protesters lining up the streets when the convoy was speeding off.

The Ejisu Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Laare Baman, confirmed the attack on the convoy as well as the arrests of the two but would not give any further details.

Injuries

About two vehicles, including a bus which was carrying National Democratic Congress (NDC) supporters who were accompanying the president, got hit by stones.

DAILY GUIDE gathered that some of the NDC supporters sustained injuries in their heads.

Gloria Huze, the NDC parliamentary candidate for Ejisu, was said to be among the people who sustained injuries. The affected vehicles also had their windscreens broken.

Darkness

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The stone-throwing incident occurred in the evening when electricity supply to Asotwe and the nearby towns had been cut, courtesy dumsor.

The people who threw the stones therefore reportedly took advantage of the dark nature of the place to carry out their diabolic mission.

Accusation

Raymond Tandoh, the Ashanti Regional Secretary of the NDC, accused the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) members of being behind the stone-throwing act.

Even though he did not give any evidence to prove his case, he said the NPP members in the city had constantly attacked the president whenever he visited Kumasi.

According to him, the president and his entourage were hooted at by known NPP members when he attended the late Bantamahene’s funeral early this year.

Tandoh said the supporters took their provocative acts to an ugly level on Tuesday as they tried to stone the vehicle of President Mahama.

He therefore charged the police in the region to intensify investigations and apprehend the culprits to face the law.

NPP Rebuttal

However, Sam Pyne, the Ashanti Regional Secretary of the NPP, categorically stated that the main opposition party had no hand in the stoning of the president’s convoy and condemned the incident.

He however claimed that some aggrieved NDC members in the Ejisu area, who were facing severe economic problems, might have thrown the stones.

According to him, the NPP was seriously campaigning to oust the non-performing NDC administration through the ballot box in November to ease the huge financial burden on Ghanaians.

Mr Pyne therefore stated that the NPP didn’t have time to attack the president’s convoy, asking, “Will attacking the convoy win us the election to lead the country into prosperity?”

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

Source GhanaPlus.com

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