The police have described the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) demonstration in Kumasi as the most disorganised protest in history.
According to the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Kofi Boakye he has never witnessed any disorganised protest in his police career as the one witnessed Tuesday morning.
He accused the demonstrators of failing to abide by the rules and completely disobeying their agreements with the police with regards to the protest.
Describing the nature of the demonstration, DCOP Kofi Boakye said instead of assembling at a particular spot, scores of the demonstrators joined at various intersections across the city making it difficult for the police to maintain order.
“Prior to this demonstration, we met them and designed the rules. This morning, I went to the assembling point, and I realised that there were a lot of people there and so I started to lead them. ..after some time, we saw another group emerging from another side.”
“Now we have about six groups and I don’t know whether it’s by accident, or design or intentional which will lead to confrontation with the police. In fact in the history of my police life, I haven’t seen any disorganised demonstration like this.”
Due to the turn of events, policemen who were assigned to protect the demonstrators have been withdrawn to follow the demonstrators instead, the police commander said.
“In order to avoid any confrontation, I decided to withdraw the police so that we will follow them. The way they are behaving, it may lead to confrontation with the police. Because we decided to lead them through the approved route which some may not agree,” he said.
The Ashanti Regional branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), in collaboration with the Ashanti Regional Parliamentary Caucus, Tuesday hit the streets of Kumasi to register their displeasure at the increasing hardships in the region.
The demonstration which has been dubbed “YaYɛ Diɛn?”, which literally means: “What Have We done?,” is also against the failure of President Mahama to fulfil promises made to Ghanaians in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election.