Ghana: President Mahama directs security agencies to maintain order

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's outgoing president John Dramani Mahama has directed the security agencies to deploy across the country and arrest anybody caught vandalising Government property or attacking innocent Ghanaians.

An official statement signed by Dr Edward Omane Boamah, Minister for Communications, on Saturday night, said President Mahama expressed disappointment at the inability or unwillingness of the leadership of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), which won last Wednesday's elections, "to call its rampaging supporters to order", following a series of attacks on innocent citizens and supporters of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).

It said some supporters of the NPP had also attacked Government installations across the country.

The NDC, in a separate statement signed by its National Organiser Kofi Adams, said following the Electoral Commission's declaration of the results of the 2016 Presidential Elections, the party had received several reports of "unprovoked physical attacks" on its supporters.

The statement said: "We wish to request the leadership of the New Patriotic Party and President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo to call on their supporters to desist from the attacks and contribute to building a more stable democracy.

"These attacks are nothing more than situations that can only create chaos should the attacked also decide to defend themselves."

The NDC urged the security agencies to move in and protect life and property. "We believe that our political parties must be interested in promoting political tolerance among our members. The NPP and its supporters must play their part to help deepen national peace and security."

President Mahama will on Sunday evening inaugurate the transition team as the country awaits the inauguration of president-elect Akufo-Addo on 7 January 2017
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11 december 2016 06:10:49

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