THE Loyal Ladies, a volunteer political group under the Youth Wing of the ruling New Patriotic Party on Wednesday embarked on a walk in solidarity with their members who were attacked by some NDC thugs at the Suhum Chiefs Palace while campaigning in the 2016 general election.
The Suhum branch of the Loyal Ladies were on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, attacked by thugs suspected to be sympathizers of the then NDC government for accusing the then MCE, Margaret Ansei.
The young ladies had gone for a house to house campaign and just when they were about wrapping up their activities, thugs from nowhere surrounded them, demanding to know which of them had called the Municipal Chief Executive of the area, who was the NDC’s Parliamentary candidate names.
The ladies then sought refuge at the Suhum chief’s palace but the thugs chased them up and assaulted them and some chiefs who were in a meeting.
In the process, some of them were manhandled and had fractures on their legs, following which they reported the incident to the Police.
In commemoration of the incident fours ago, the ladies led Cynthia Morrison, Minister of Gender and Children Protection among other female appointees converged at the Suhum NPP Constituency Party office and walked through the principal streets amidst brass band as the ladies in their numbers joined the float.
The aimed of the walk was to mark the occasion and to remind Ghanaians that never again should any woman be subjected to violence because of their political opinions and affiliations.
The Gender and Children Protection Minister addressing the staunch members at the Suhum Main Lorry park, expressed worry over the incident which she noted women must be encouraged, supported and pushed to play active roles in the political process and help shape the dynamics for social change.
She called on Ghanaians to give President Akufo-Addo government another term to steer the affairs of the country as she strongly believes the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have extremely done well after assuming office in 2017.
According to her, the flagship programs implemented by the NPP government such as free SHS and also absorbing the cost of electricity, and water amid coronavirus pandemic is a clear indication of a visionary leader.
She implored the people to work extra hard and campaign massively for the party to secure a second term in office.
She entreated them not to emulate the electoral violence that occurred in the area during the 2016 elections under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Anyaa Sowutuom, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway also preached against election violence as she believes the NPP are enlightened and for that matter, won’t indulge themselves in such an uncalled-for act ahead of the December Elections.
According to her, the NDC campaign is full of insult and violence and that, encouraging the ambassadors of the NPP to spew out good messages to the public as she believes good policies sell.
She said, the NPP has a good campaign message and is imploring the people to work hard to help the party maintain their seat. She promised more jobs for the people under the NPP.
Other guest speakers and female appointees, in persons of the Suhum Municipal Chief Executive Officer, Margaret Darko Darkwa, Henry Nana Boakye, National Youth Organiser, Gifty Aboagye Oware, Deputy CEO of NSS, Nana Appiah Mensah, Managing Director of State Housing, Oboafo Kwadwo Asante, Suhum Parliamentary candidate among others also encouraged the NPP Loyal Ladies to go out in their numbers to preach the Gospel of the NPP government to the public and also to prepare and yearn for positions by contesting for election.
FROM Daniel Bampoe, Suhum