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14.04.2007 General News

Justice, in reverse gear?

By Palaver

In what could be described as a bizarre twist to the course of justice, the Ablekuma South Constituency Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who was slapped by the Member of Parliament for the area has become an “accused” person.

Mr. William Kofi Akakpo, who is the victim, has been asked to report to the Korle-Bu Police Station every morning while his assailant Madam Theresa Tagoe has been left to go scot-free.

Giving the background of the incident, a source within the party, who pleaded anonymity told Ghana Palaver that the MP and the chairman have been at logger heads for some time now, following what he termed as the MP's suspicion that the constituency chairman wants to prevent her from contesting next year's parliamentary election.

According to the source, on Monday April 2, the constituency executive decided to hold its last meeting before the Easter break.

He said when the chairman got to the meeting place, he realized that his seat had been taken by some one else, who claimed he had been asked by the MP to chair the meeting.

This, the source added, led to a fracas compelling Mr. Akakpo to go to the Korle-Bu Police Station to lodge a complaint. While there, Ms. Theresa Tagoe, who is also the Deputy Minister of the Greater Accra Region, followed up to the Station and amid insults, slapped her constituency chairman with one of her shoes.

The source said the policemen on duty quickly whisked Mr. Akakpo away and kept him in one of the offices. He was later released and asked to report every morning while Ms. Tagoe was allowed to go scoot free, without being charged for any offence.

When contracted, the Korle-Bu Police confirmed the story but declined to comment on it.

Meanwhile, the source has hinted that there are attempts to settle the matter out of court by the Greater Accra Regional Executive of the party.

Observers wondered whether one needs any further proof to accept the fact that the NPP never goes to bed without exhibiting its usual “character” of political violence, both within and without.