NPP gang drag Krachi West DCE out of office, lock him out
Some angry youth of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Krachi West District of the Oti Region on Tuesday, 28 May 2019 forcefully dragged out the District Chief Executive from his office and locked him out.
The irate NPP members who stormed the premises of the Krachi West District Assembly on Tuesday afternoon told Mr Douglas Osei Nti that time had come for him to quit his office. The NPP youth are also accusing the DCE of embezzlement.
He was subsequently placed under military protection for his safety. The leader of the irate youth said they took the DCE out gently without manhandling him, adding that they merely wanted to have a peaceful conversation with him.
The Deputy Oti Regional Minister, Mr Maxwell Blagogee has condemned the action.
He told Blessed Sogah in an interview that the DCE “is representing the president”, and, so, if the youth had any concerns and reservations about his tenure of office, they should have first reported the matter to the Regional Ministry for redress rather than take the law into their own hands.
He later said on Class91.3FM’s 505 news programme that “the law must deal with them”, adding that: “If they are party members, and so what?”
Meanwhile, the main opposition National Democratic Congress’ deputy communication officer for the region, Mr Abraham Boafo, has condemned the thuggery in a statement, saying: “I want to sincerely condemn this unfortunate and undemocratic act by the hoodlums”.
He said: “The office of the DCE is a public office, it is not meant for only members of the NPP in Krachi West. The DCE, who is the representative of the president at the district level, must be accessed by all at any point in time, so, locking up his office during working hours is condemnable and very unfortunate”.
The statement warned that the NDC in the Oti Region “won’t tolerate” the insecurity being stirred in the region by the “NPP hoodlums and monsters”.