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11.03.2009 Politics

Abu Mohammed in town, stick in hand

By myjoyonline
Abu Mohammed in town, stick in hand


Abu Mohammed, the man at the center of Fiifi Kwetey's vetting controversy, has arrived in Accra to show himself to the leadership of Parliament.

He is said to have arrived in Accra at about one o'clock on March 11, 2009 in the company of the Eastern Regional Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Anthony Gyanpo, and some party supporters from the region.

Mohammed told the media that he decided to come to the capital city to prove Hon Atta Akyea wrong.

The Member of Parliament for Akyem Abuakwa South had at the vetting of the Fiifi Kwetey on Monday branded the nominee as a liar for once claiming that thugs of NPP's Nana Addo had brutalized Abu Mohammed, paralyzing him the process.

Fiifi Kwetey is one of two persons nominated for the Deputy Finance Ministerial positions.

Abu Mohammed said Hon Atta Akyea's comment that he (Mohammed) had not been crippled by the assault of loyalists of Nana Addo was rather untrue.

Meanwhile when Joy FM met with Abu Mohammed, he held a walking stick without which he said he could not walk.

Clad in a long batakari dress and a cap to match, he stated that he was indeed paralysed by the assault meted out to him by some loyalists of the NPP in the heat of the 1996 electoral tours by Nana Addo in the constituency.

Abu Mohammed claimed that he also lost his sexual potency as a result of the beatings.

He is billed to present himself to Parliament on Thursday.

Clash on News Night
Lawyer Atta Akyea and Mr Fiifi Kwetey treated listeners of Joy FM's News Night programme to some five minutes of heated exchanges on the issue with the Abuakwa South MP claiming his evidence is yet to come.

Hon Atta Akyea dismissed suggestions that Mohammed suffered his plight as a result of the alleged beatings by some thugs of the NPP.

His comments on the show suggested processes are under way to establish contact with the authorities of the hospital where Mohammed had sought treatment after the said beatings and that soon “the truth will come out.”

Fiifi Kwetey on the other hand held that Atta Akyea had lied arguing on the day of vetting that Mohammed was not a cripple only for the MP to admit that although the assault victim staggered behind a walking stick he (Mohammed) suffered his calamity as a result of some other circumstances.

Hon Atta Akyea in the Speaker's Conference Room on Monday dared to present a healthy Mohammed to the committee to prove wrong claims by Mr Kwetey during the lead-up to the 2008 elections that the man had been crippled by the beatings of loyalists of Nana Addo in the Abuakwa South constituency.

Story by Fiifi Koomson

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