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13.06.2005 General News

‘If We Win The Next Elections…’


There was anguish, elements of retaliation and venom on the faces and speeches of the leaders and sympathizers of Ghana's main opposition party, National Democratic Congress at the Christ the King and Osu Cemetery burial ceremony of the late former deputy finance minister, Victor Selormey. The party's leaders and multitude of supporters who spoke at the ceremony claimed that the former deputy minister was killed by the ruling party and hinted a possible retaliation if they come back to power in 2008. Supporters of the party swore, "If we win the next election, we will put all of them before the Fast Track High Court and jail them," They have killed Selormey for being an NDC member, we are not worried, we will show them one day,"

The MP for Ningo Prampram, E.T Mensah argued that the victimization and persecutions of former ministers in the NDC administration are not different from what happened to JB Danquah, Obetsebi Lamptey and others during the CPP administration. "All the noise they made about Obetsebi and those people, is it different from this? The way they castigated Kwame Nkrumah... is that how to run a nation, he queried.

He says a man (Selormey) whom the NPP accused of embezzling funds was not able to foot his own hospital bills but was supported by NDC members of Parliament. "Members of Parliament contributed to buy medicine for him...this man they claimed had stolen money... the man had no money," E.T Mensah charged. He said the government was aware of the late Victor's deteriorating health conditions but refused to release him.

"There are so many doubts about his incarceration and I know and believe that it was the NPP that killed Victor Serlomey. Kufuor and co knew that this man (pointing to the casket) didn't do anything wrong", he said amid sobbing.

The National Organiser of the party, Ofosu Ampofo also said the late deputy finance minister was crucified for the truth. In an answer to a question whether government was officially invited to the funeral, he said it was an open invitation and therefore there was no need to invite any particular institution.