The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has expressed its dissatisfaction with the District Security Committee (DISEC), of the Awutu Senya District Assembly’s decision to ban political activities ahead of the celebration of a major festival in the area, the Akomase festival.
In a statement signed by the District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, Sampson Abbey Armah, and copied to the Kasoa Divisional Police Commander, the Assembly said the decision was taken to solely focus security on the festival during the period.
“At a meeting of the District Security Committee (DISEC) of the Assembly, the security at Senya Beraku and its environs was exhaustively discussed especially with reference to the upcoming Akomase Festival,” the statement said.
But speaking on Eyewitness News, the Awutu Senya Constituency Chairman for the NPP, Mr. Steve Quaye, said the decision is unfair.
He wondered why DISEC took such a decision when activities that these political parties embark on do not pose any security threat to residents in the area.
“We don’t understand why DISEC is doing this to us because we are all from Senya, George Andah is from Senya. We don’t understand why our constituency should suffer. Most of our meetings are chaired by George Andah who is also from Senya so I don’t understand why this should happen.”
Oguaa Council lifts noise-making ban ahead of NDC campaign launch
The decision by the Awutu Senya District Assembly comes at a time when the Oguaa Traditional Council also in the Central Region, lifted a ban on drumming and noise-making ahead of a major festival, to allow the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC), to launch its campaign at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday.
The decision was largely criticized by residents of Cape Coast, who accused the traditional authorities of allowing themselves to be induced at the expense of upholding an old cultural practice.
By: Marian Ansah/citifmonline.com/Ghana