Member of Parliament (MP) for Adansi-Asokwa, Kobina Tahir Hammond has vowed to sue Multimedia’s Joy FM for what he claims is a distortion of an assertion he made with regards to an influx of military personnel in the Ketu South Municipality in the Volta region so as to stop Togolese nationals from taking part in the forthcoming voter registration exercise of Ghana’s Electoral Commission.
Earlier media reports quoted Hon. KT Hammond as saying that: “The Togolese and the Voltarians when I talk about Voltarians, the Volta Region – remember the history … basically the same tribe, so, they walk into [Ghana] but they are not Ghanaians”.
“When they walk in there, they can do whatever they [want], so, I guess that is the reason for that [military influx]”.
“There is a classic example… You remember 2008, the second round; we had so much – 100,000 or so votes leading Prof Mills at the time of the second round. In the next round, one constituency, Ketu South, cleared all the [votes] we had. Where did they come from?”
But in a subsequent media reaction on Accra-based Asempa FM on Monday, June 29, Hon. KT Hammond stated that he is not the Minister of Interior and his comments solely represents his personal view based on a question posed to him at a presser.
He again indicated that his comment has been distorted by JoyFM to serve a particular agenda of which he strongly takes offense to that.
He vowed to first take them to the National Media Commission (NMC) and sue them after as they cannot do something as outrageous as this.
“Why Joy has decided to do this, first I will take them to [National] Media Commission and after that I will sue them because you cannot do something as outrageous as this.
Small clip [they used] with all the explanation I gave and it’s not that I left it to imagination, look, we are talking about Togo… Sammy [Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa] if you have a good thing to do, kindly go and do it because it’s not like as it has been presented. Joy really didn’t do well and this matter we will deal with it. They should be very careful.
On the soldiers matter, they said soldiers have been deployed to the area, I didn’t even know and then I said if they are there, then maybe they are there on… what do you call it…, the electoral thing we are talking about… I didn’t know anything about all this then all of a sudden I’m at the centre of this but you know I don’t have an issue with [Voltarians] but I will deal with the Joy people and that is why I have come to the studio. I will send you the so you distribute to our friends that I didn’t say it as they put it.”
“I am not the Interior Minister and you will say with the benefit of hindsight, I shouldn’t have said it like that but had I known that truly there were Military there and I have been told they are there because of the Covid issues, I didn’t know, if I had known, it would have been simple in communicating it. The official government statement is what we should go with not my personal view of the military being there because of the [voters] registration. I didn’t even know they had deployed soldiers there.” He told Ekosiisen’s host, OB.
Members of the Volta Region caucus in Parliament earlier today stormed the Ketu South municipality as part of an NDC delegation to the Constituency Monday.
This was in solidarity with residents following an increased security presence in the area which critics say is an intimidation tactic.
Member of Parliament for North Tongu constituency and minority Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa asked government to immediately withdraw the heavy military presence in the Volta region.
He said it was rather unfortunate for the government to intimidate citizens with such heavy military presence all in the name of preventing foreigners from taking part in the voter registration exercise.
“This is sickening and it does not speak well of us as a Democratic country. Parliament has not even been informed about this operation. So how then do you go about to deploy the military to engage in activities that are meant for the Immigration Service?” He told the press on Monday, June 29.
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