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NPP abandons ‘C/R 1st Vice Chair’

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has expressed dissatisfaction with the continuous referral of Mr. Horace Ekow Ewusi as its Central Regional 1st Vice Chairman.

Mr. Ewusi, who is currently being investigated by the Police CID for some missing excavators, has been referred to severally in the media as the 1st Vice-Chair of the party in the Central Region.

The Party has therefore sent a notice to all media houses to stop referring to Horace Ewusi as a holder of any executive position of the party in the Central Region.

A statement signed by the party’s Central Regional Secretary, Richard Takyi-Mensah said, “I write to bring to the attention of all media houses that Mr. Horace Ekow Ewusi, who is being investigated by the Police CID for some missing excavators, has been on an indefinite suspension as the Central Regional 1st Vice Chairman since 31st July 2019.”

“The Central Regional Executive Committee of the party adopted the Regional Disciplinary Committee’s recommendation to suspend Mr. Ewusi indefinitely after Mr. Ewusi had disregarded and disrespected party directives/decisions and also refused to appear before the Regional Disciplinary Committee to respond to a petition against him”.

“In view of this, all media houses should stop with immediate effect the reference to Mr. Horace Ewusi as the Central Regional 1st Vice Chairman of the New Patriotic Party.”

Mr. Ekow Ewusi, who was one of the leaders of Operation Vanguard, was on Monday, February 3, 2020, picked up by the CID for interrogation over his role in the missing excavators and other equipment seized from illegal miners.

His arrest was triggered by a request from the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, to the Director-General, CID Headquarters, Accra, to commence investigations into the missing excavators and some other equipment.

A letter from the Minister to the police read in part:

“Mr. Ekow Ewusi was contracted to cart excavators and other vehicles and pieces of equipment seized by Operation Vanguard to designated areas for safekeeping.”

“We have received information that he sent an unknown number of equipment to unauthorized locations, including one in Tema. This was confirmed by the caretaker of the depot in Tema.”

“Information reaching me indicates that he has sold an unknown number of the pieces of equipment, including excavators. I wish to appeal to the Police Authorities to investigate the matter.”

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