Trade Minister Alan Kyeremante has denied reports that his supporters and those of Vice President Dr Mahamdu Bawumia clashed at a funeral in Suhum on Saturday August 28.
Although he condemned the incident, he said the reports that the rioters were his supporters and that of the Vice President should be ignored.
“Rumors currently circulating on social media that the clash was between my supporters and those of our Vice President are not only completely false, but mischievous and have been contrived to bring both the Vice President and my good self into public ridicule. I condemn without reservation this barbaric act of some members of our great party,” the statement said.
It added: “I believe strongly that any disagreement whether relating to a contest for position or differences in ideas and opinions should not be manifested in such violence in a party such as ours. The ideals of our party and tradition call for peaceful and harmonious coexistence and our motto, (Development in Freedom), has no place for violence.
“I therefore urge the Suhum Constituency Executives, the Eastern Regional 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.”
Driver of the Member of Parliament for Suhum, one Jamalo, allegedly inflicted knife wounds on a member of the communications team of the NPP in the region.
The incident occurred after supporters of the MP and of another person who is planning to unseat the lawmaker in the upcoming primaries of the party, engaged in a fight at the funeral ceremony.
Several others sustained injuries in the process and were admitted to the Suhum Government Hospital for treatment.
the Police Suhum Police Command has said investigations are underway.
“The Suhum Police Command is investigating a case of causing harm that ensued yesterday, Saturday, August 28, 2021, around 5pm.
“Whiles the members of the NPP in the Suhum constituency were mourning a colleague at the Suhum Council, a misunderstanding ensued between some party communicators and the followers of the MP, and in the process one Jamal inflicted a deep knife wound on the head of the victim, one Kwasi Amoani 51, and the matter was reported to the police and the complaint was subsequently taken to the Suhum Government Hospital where he is responding to treatment at the emergency ward.”
“He’s in a stable condition and another victim who suffered some bruises was treated and discharged.
“Meanwhile efforts are underway to get the suspect arrested,” the Eastern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh told journalists.