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NDC Eats Humble Pie

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TWO ACTIVISTS of the National Democratic Congress in the Evalue-Gwira constituency of the Western Region who did the unthinkable by calling the Member of Parliament for the area, Catherine Afeku, a thief, went down on their knees before the MP to plead for forgiveness last Sunday.

The two; Charles Ainoo-Kwesi, unemployed, and M.B Baidoo, assembly member for Ashiem Electoral Area in the constituency, in the presence of the constituency NDC chairman, Musa Joe Lotto, and other NDC faithful, knelt before the MP and her husband, Seth Afeku, to apologize for their misconduct.

Narrating what has necessitated the apology in an interview with DAILY GUIDE, Frank Okpyen, a New Patriotic Party youth activist in the constituency alleged that the two NDC activists called the MP on her cell phone and accused her of stealing 30 bags of rice meant for flood victims in the constituency.

According to Okpyen, the two men went on to threaten the MP, saying if she did not return the 30 bags of rice, they would set her vehicle ablaze. The NPP youth activist who denied the assertion by the two NDC members, explained that part of the Evalue-Gwira constituency got flooded after torrential rainfall on July 8, 2009.

He continued that upon hearing about the devastating nature of the flood, Hon. Afeku, who was then in Accra, went to the offices of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) to arrange for some relief items, including about 200 bags of rice for the flood victims.

The MP then called the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Nzema East Municipal Assembly, Ackah Kobina, to go to the NADMO office in Accra to pick the items up for distribution, which the MCE did.

Okpyen said on 14th July 2009, Hon. Afeku received several phone calls from the two NDC activists accusing her of stealing 30 bags of the rice. As if that was not enough, Ainoo Kwesi and Baidoo, who did not know the number of bags of rice the constituency was given, went around alleging that Hon. Afeku had stolen rice meant for the flood victims.

When the MP heard that the two NDC members were spreading false information about her in the constituency, she and her husband decided to take them to court to explain how she allegedly stole the rice.

Okpyen told DAILY GUIDE that the two accused persons did not appear before the Axim magistrate court, where the case was being heard, on three occasions. Later, some leading members of the NDC in the constituency approached the MP and appealed that the case be settled amicably out of court, to which the MP agreed.

Last Sunday, the two NDC activists, together with some party members went to the house of Hon. Afeku to settle the case with the Gyantuahene of Lower Axim Traditional Area Nana Awiafum as the mediator.

After lengthy deliberation on the issue, the two NDC members accepted that they have erred, and in the presence of the husband of the MP and other witnesses, they knelt down and pleaded with Hon. Afeku to forgive them.

Counsel for Hon. Afeku, Kweku Amoah, who was present, then awarded cost of GH¢ 800.00 and GH¢ 1,000.00 to Ainoo-Kwesi and Baidoo respectively to defray certain expenses that were incurred by the MP and her husband as a result of the court proceedings.

Source: dailyguideghana

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