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16.04.2009 Regional News

Asawase Police Chief honoured… For ensuring violent free elections in constituency

By Frank Mensah , Kumasi - Ghanaian Chronicle
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DEPUTY Supritendent of Police, Mr. George Andrews Kumah, Asawase District Police Commander, has been honoured for the positive role he played to ensure the prevalence of peace in the Asawase constituency of the Ashanti Region, before, during and after last year's general elections.

He was given a citation for his hard work, which ensured that the Asawase Constituency, hitherto known to be one of the violent constituencies in the country, experienced a violent free election.

He was also presented with a parcel from the Aboabo community in the Asawase constituency, together with Mr. Mustafa Donkor, the Station Master, Mr. M. A. Boateng, of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU), and K. A. Asante, the Crime Officer, for their various roles played during the period under review.

At a short ceremony held at Aboabo, a Zongo community in the constituency, Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, Minister of Youth and Sports, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Asawase constituency, extolled the Police Commander for the major role he played during the electioneering period, and said the Commander needed to be lauded by all Ghanaians.

He cited that during the bye-election, which made him the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Asawase constituency, there were six gunshots and several injuries from all sort of violence-related incidents, which signified that the constituency was a really violent area.

In view of that, an Asawase Peace Building Committee was set up, which was headed by DSP Kumah, with sixty-six constituents from thirty three communities in the constituency, to ensure that peace prevailed during the electioneering period.

He stated that the Police Commander, as well as the Asawase Peace Building Committee, needed to be extolled by all Ghanaians, since there was not “a single drop of blood” from one of the violent constituencies in the country.

In appreciation of the good work done by the police, Muntaka disclosed that he was going to build a Kumasi Ventilated Improved Pit (KVIP) from his share of the common fund for the Asawase Police.

DSP G. A Kumah, thanked the Minister and the constituents for the honour done him, which he said, would motivate and ginger him to bring out his best to ensure that the constituency becomes very peaceful and free from all kinds of unscrupulous characters.

He also praised the work of the members of the Asawase Peace Building Committee, especially Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed Ghana, who was the Vice Chairman of the committee, for their relentlessness efforts at keeping the peace in the constituency, before, during and after the elections.

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