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Krobo Odumase clashes : NDC condemns shooting of residents

By Wendy Amarteifio
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Krobo Odumase clash : NDC condemns shooting of residents

The Eastern Regional Secretariat of the National Democratic Congress, NDC has condemned the shooting of residents of Krobo Odumase by the police following a mass disconnection exercise.

According to the statement, the residents embarked on a peaceful demonstration to ''urge the Power Distribution Services (PDS) Company for a downward review of their bills''.

The statement further called on the President to sack the Municipal Chief Executive, MCE if he fails to resign for his inability to exercise leadership when approached by authorities and youth in the area when the incident occurred.

''Particular, we condemn the Municipal Chief Executive’s inability to exercise leadership on this delicate matter when approached by Chiefs, Opinion leaders and some Youth groups of the area, but fiendishly called on the police to visit this high levels of brutalities on these vulnerable residents''.

''We call on the President who is supposed to be a human right advocate and a father to all Ghanaians, to immediately sack his representative- the MCE, if he fails to resign''.

The NDC also called on the release of the 35 persons arrested and detained by the police in the municipality to avert further chaos.

''The National Democratic Congress calls for calm in the Odumase vicinity as we all take steps to help deal with the billing issues which is the root cause of these atrocities'', the statement added.

Below is the full statement

For Immediate Release

NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS
EASTERN REGIONAL SECRETARIAT

SHOOTING OF ODUMASE-KROBO RESIDENTS HIGHLY CONDEMNABLE

The Eastern Regional Secretariat of the National Democratic Congress condemns without mincing words, the shooting of vulnerable unarmed residents of Lower Manya Krobo who were only embarking on a peaceful armless protest to urge the Power Distribution Services (PDS) Company for a downward review of their bills. This inhumane act is very shameful and casts a slur on our image as a reputable democratic state.

Particular, we condemn the Municipal Chief Executive’s inability to exercise leadership on this delicate matter when approached by Chiefs, Opinion leaders and some Youth groups of the area, but fiendishly called on the police to visit this high levels of brutalities on these vulnerable residents.

We call on the President who is supposed to be a human right advocate and a father to all Ghanaians, to immediately sack his representative- the MCE, if he fails to resign.

Similarly, we condemn the Power Distribution Services company’s brutish approach to retrieve accumulated bills from poor residents, by resorting to brute force, an accumulation due to the failure of their own system.

We also condemn the arrest of about thirty-five (35) young people by the Ghana Police in an attempt to cover up this shameful act of violence on their part by using them as scape goats.

At least three persons have been confirmed dead, with nine people in critical condition and several others sustaining various levels of injury due to this unprofessional reckless shootings.

We, as a matter of urgency, demand the release of these 35 young people currently in their custody to avert further chaos.

The National Democratic Congress calls for calm in the Odumase vicinity as we all take steps to help deal with the billing issues which is the root cause of these atrocities.

It would be remembered that these escalated electricity bills due to the then ECG's software malfunction became a thorny campaign issue in 2016 with the then Parliamentary Candidate of the NPP, now the deputy Regional Minister promising to quash those debts and allowing residents to pay for only current bills.

It is on this background that residents have demanded for a relaxed schedule of payment to enable them meet their obligations. This demand, we believe, is fair and must not be met with such brutalities and brute force. In whatever case, civil processes should be instituted by the company rather than using State cohesive power to intimidate and brutalise innocent citizens.

Our heartfelt condolence goes to the family of the dead and also pray for a speedy recovery for the injured.

This is indeed a sad day for Ghana!!!

SIGNED
KEVOR, Mark-Oliver
Eastern Regional Secretary, NDC

Issued in Koforidua on Thursday, May 23, 2019

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