Chairperson of the National Centre for Civic Education, Josephine Nkrumah has called on President Akufo-Addo to unequivocally condemn the violent political clash which occurred in the Odododiodio constituency in Jamestown.
According to her, the President’s voice in condemning the violence and urging for calm to be restored between the two parties – the New Patriotic Party and the National Democratic Congress, will impact greatly on building peace in the area as the country gears up for the December 7 polls.
Her comments follow violent confrontations between supporters of the NPP and the NDC in Jamestown right after a peace walk on Sunday morning.
Several were injured, and the NPP headquarters in the area was ransacked.
The President is scheduled to visit the area later today as part of his Greater Regional campaign tour.
Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express, Monday, she said: “I know the president is coming fully in campaign mode, but I think it is ample opportunity for the President of Ghana in his capacity as President of Ghana to urge the two parties to address matters such as these in a manner that allows the law to take its course, to understand that there is a commitment by all of us collectively to build peace.”
She added that: “And so the President first and foremost should come in that capacity as a president and speak to the issue of peace. It is important that he encourages both parties in that constituency, the teeming youth who will be there to see him. The words he speaks tomorrow have great potency on building peace.”
Madam Nkrumah also stated that the President’s speech today concerning the violence should instill confidence in the Police service to carry out their duties without fear or favour.
“I also expect that the words that he will speak gives the police the needed confidence to act swiftly without thinking that they’re stepping on any toes,” she said.
The police are yet to make any arrests following the violent clash in the Odododiodio area despite there being ample video evidence for identification purposes.
She further called on the leaders of the two political parties in the constituency to “speak up and exhibit not only by word but by deed that they’re committed to a peace process.”
She further called for heightened security for the President as he visits the area.