General News Tue, 31 Oct 2000

4 parties express shock and dismay at President’s accident

Four political parties have expressed shock and dismay at the accident in which President Jerry Rawlings and the First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, were involved on the Tema Motorway at the weekend. They also sent messages of condolences to families who lost their “dear ones” in the accident. In separate messages issued in Accra yesterday, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), New Patriotic Party (NPP), Democratic People’s Party (DPP) and the EGLE Party wished the President and the First Lady speedy recovery.

The NDC, in a statement signed by the National Propaganda Secretary, Mr. George Quaynor-Mettle, called on the security agencies to carry out a thorough investigation to establish the circumstances surrounding the accident.

It said the party is saddened by the unfortunate death of four of the presidential escorts. “The national executive, on behalf of members and supporters, expresses its profound condolences to the bereaved families and pray for the speedy recovery of the injured, the statement said.

In a statement signed by Mr. Dan Botwe, General Secretary of the NPP, the party expressed the hope that all those who survived the accident but were injured will recover soon.

“To the families of the four persons who are reported dead, the NPP sends its condolences and prays that the souls of their beloved will find solace in the bosom of the Lord.,” it said.


The statement also expressed the party’s appreciation of the efforts put in by the President and those who survived the accident to help the victims and also bring the traffic situation under control.

Mr. Dan Markin of the DPP described as unfortunate the indiscipline on the country’s needs, which nearly caused the life of the President and the First Lady. Mr. Markin called for the toughening of the country’s road laws to bring to book recalcitrant drivers who flout traffic regulations with impunity and put the lives of others at risk.

On behalf of the party, he asked for divine protection for the President and the First Lady, since their services are still needed to ensure the well-being of the country.

Mr. Sam Pee Yalley, General Secretary of the EGLE Party, thanked God for sparing the lives of the President and the First Lady and described the death of the four soldiers as unfortunate and tragic.

Mr. Yalley commended the President for assisting other victims of the accident in spite of his injuries, stressing that” our President has demonstrated that he always places the welfare of others above his personal considerations.”


He said the party shares the pain and sorrows of those relations perished in the accident and urged them to take consolation in the fact that their sons died in the course of serving their nation.

In a related development, the Greater Accra branch of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) of the Trade Union Congress has expressed deep concern over the accident.

In a statement signed by its Chairman, Alhaji E.A. Tetteh, the union also expressed condolences to families whose relations died in the accident. The statement appealed to members of the GPRTU to assist in identifying the driver and vehicle which caused the accident.

It further appealed to the driver to surrender himself to the law enforcement agencies or the union’s regional secretariat.

Source: Daily Graphic