President Nana Akufo-Addo has said he is shocked and saddened by the murder of Mfantseman MP Ekow Kwansah Hayford.
“I am shocked and saddened by news of the murder of the Member of Parliament for Mfantseman, Hon. Ekow Kwansa Hayford, by suspected armed robbers in the early hours of this morning.
“It is a sad day for Mfantseman and for Mother Ghana.
“My last encounter with him was on 30th June, this year, when I commissioned a water supply project at Anomansa, in his constituency.
“By all accounts, he was very much appreciated and loved by his constituents, and I expect the police to bring the perpetrators of this gruesome, cruel act to book as soon as possible.
“My deepest condolences to his family, to the Mfantseman constituency, to the New Patriotic Party, and to Parliament. May his soul rest in perfect peace,” the president posted on his Facebook timeline.
Meanwhile, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Mfantseman constituency has suspended its campaign activities temporarily following the killing of the MP.
According to the party, all campaign activities in the area have been suspended until Monday, 12 October 2020 as a tribute to the deceased MP.
In a statement issued by the Mfantseman NDC and co-signed by its Constituency Chairman Fred Budu Hagan and Constituency Communication Officer Dr Stanley KK Acquah, the party said: “We write to communicate the decision of the NDC PC for Mfantseman, Odziifo James Essoun, to suspend his campaigns in the Constituency until Monday in honour of the death of the sitting NPP MP/PC and strongly call on the police to do everything in their power to apprehend the perpetrators of this heinous crime and let the law deal ruthlessly with them.”
The party also expressed its condolences to the family of the deceased MP and the people of Mfantseman and called “on the NPP government of H. E. Nana Akufo-Addo to arrest the poor security situation across the country”.
“We recall how some NDC regional executives of Ashanti Region, as well as Mrs Betty Mould Iddrisu, were also attacked viciously by armed robbers on their way from campaigns a few days ago as well as similar happenings in other parts of the country.”
The party further called for “unity and calm in the Mfantseman constituency and across the country and also urge anybody with actionable intelligence to assist the police hierarchy to apprehend these criminals to do so for all of us to safeguard our peace so residents of our constituency won’t have to live in fear.”
It added: “We pray and wish that those behind this barbaric act shall be hunt down and brought to justice as soon as possible.”
The MP was shot dead by robbers on the Abeadze Dominase-Abeadze Duadzi-Mankessim road.
The incident happened Friday dawn.
The late MP of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) was returning from a campaign trip at Dominase to his residence at Mankessim.