The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is gradually entrenching itself as the most lawless and violent party in the country, as its leaders condone the perpetration of barbaric acts of violence against innocent and law-abiding citizens, who, knowingly or unknowingly, stand in their way of governance in the country.
The NPP Northern Regional Secretary, Sulley Salifu, is a typical example of how some of the leading members of the ruling party close their eyes to the laws governing the country and rather encourage and support acts of lawlessness within their ranks.
Following the near clash at the Tamale Regional Hospital this Monday between a group supporting Dr. Prosper Akambong, the chief executive officer of the Tamale Teaching Hospital, and the Kandahar Boys, an NPP vigilante group, which nearly turned bloody had it not been for the timely intervention of the Northern Regional Police Command, the NPP Northern Regional Secretary is heard fiercely defending the shameful riotous act carried out by the vigilante group.
According to him, the vigilante group had over the years been protecting the NPP during its days in opposition in the region and so now that their government is in power the group has the blessing of the party to protect lives and property within their jurisdiction.
“The Kandahar Boys are boys of the NPP, they are citizens of Tamale, they are citizens of Ghana and every citizen of Ghana has a watchdog role. So if the Kandahar boys heard that some people were embarking on an illegal demonstration and on their enquiry they checked that the police were not aware and, in fact, on visiting the ground, the police were not there, and they suspected that chaos would have led to the destruction of properties and lives, and even disturbing people’s health condition within the hospital, they have every right to prevent the people from embarking on the illegal demonstration. And I support them in that. We can’t allow people to take the law into their own hands,” he said.
Dr. Akambong, who has 16 months left to serve his tenure, on Monday, this week, refused to hand over his post to one Dr. David Zaawumya Kolbila, who showed up, unannounced at the hospital with an appointment letter, to take over his place.
This development did not go down well with Dr. Akambong, who served notice that he would not vacate post until he received official correspondence determining his fate.
His decision therefore led to a scuffle between the Kandahar Boys supporting Dr. Zaawumya Kolbila and a group calling itself “Coalition of Concerned Dagbon Youth,” who were opposing the supposed incoming CEO’s appointment.
Mr. Salifu noted that the NPP in the Northern Region, with help of the Kandahar Boys, will not allow Dr. Akambong to flout the orders of the President with impunity.
“This government will not accept that, and Dr. Akambong should quickly hand over to Dr. David Kolbila, because the Akufo-Addo government has given him an appointment letter and challenging the appointment of the Dr. Kolbila amounts to disrespecting the president, which some of us will not allow. This is our regime and our regime must be respected,” he stressed.