The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) branch in the United Kingdom has
condemned the action of displaying weapons at the residence of former President John Mahama by the members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to fight the Fix the Country Movement.
The youth wing of the NDC stormed the Cantonments office of the former President with weapons last Thursday in anticipation of attacking and shedding the blood of the pro-government political grouping, Fixing the Country.
But the group led by Ernest Owusu Bempah, who two months ago served notice to the police to storm the office of the former president for picketing over the Airbus scandal, failed to show up due to a directive from the National Security Ministry.
The picketing, dubbed #ChaseJMKronoAirbus, was rescheduled from Thursday, November 16, to Thursday, November 23, 2023, which was later cancelled.
However, in a bid to highlight their violent character, the Greater Accra Regional Youth Organizer of the NDC, Amorse Blessing Amos, also threatened to kill any member of the Fixing the Country Movement if they dared visit the office of former President John Mahama to embark on any protest against the NDC flagbearer.
The NDC Youth Organizer also came out with a statement urging the party members to come along with weapons, such as machetes, shovels, hoes, and pickaxes, among other sharp objects, to clean the residence of the former president on that day.
The NPP-UK branch reacting to the incident described the conduct of the NDC as disturbing and unacceptable acts of violence displayed at an assembly of NDC members and supporters.
It said it was alarming and deeply concerning that, till now, John Dramani Mahama has not publicly condemned this act of violence. This silence raises serious questions, particularly in light of his previous statement about the NDC’s ‘revolutionary roots’ and his claim that ‘nobody can beat the NDC when it comes to violence.’ Such rhetoric is dangerously provocative and undermines the democratic principles and peace Ghana has worked hard to maintain.
The statement continues, “In light of these events, the NPP UK urgently calls on all civil society organisations, including all faith groups, which have remained quiet about this, to come forward and unequivocally condemn these acts of violence. It is a critical moment for civil society to stand up and voice their opposition to any form of violence in political processes to safeguard the democratic integrity of the nation.
It added that the NPP has always stood for and advocated peaceful, respectful, and constructive political debate and pointed out that the aggressive and violent behavior demonstrated at the NDC assembly poses a significant threat to public safety and tarnishes the democratic fabric of the nation”.
The NPP UK further demanded the leadership of the NDC, especially John Dramani Mahama, to immediately denounce these actions and commit to ensuring their political activities are conducted to respect the rule of law, human dignity, and the safety of all Ghanaians.