The largest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) says it won’t be intimidated by the attempts by the Kwahu Traditional Council to make the party unattractive to the people of the Eastern Region.
On July 9, the traditional council imposed an indefinite ban on activities by the party. They cited acts of contempt which challenge their authority as a council by the party in the region as their reasons for the ban.
Some members of the party invoked curses on non-residents who were trying to register in the ongoing registration exercise in the Eastern Region.
In a statement, the traditional council said, “We’ve realized that the NDC party within the Kwahu land does not respect the traditional authority. Consequently, we’ve banned NDC from any party activities in this area. We don’t want to see any NDC flag, poster in the territorial area of Kwahu.”
“We take a strong view of his conduct. You [Mark Oliver Kevor] were summoned before the Traditional Council but you refused to show up. You then go and sit on your radio stations which are located on Kwahu land and run us down. We order that the two stations belonging to Kevor – Okwahu FM and Afram FM – be closed by 12 pm today [Thursday]. If the stations continue to operate beyond the stipulated time, we’ll advise ourselves,” the linguist of the traditional council said.
Reacting to the ban, the Eastern Regional Communications Officer of the NDC who was speaking on Citi FM said, “We do not want to drag issues with Nananom. We will not fall short in protecting our rights and we will not allow anybody to intimidate us. Nananom cannot just order for the closure of radio stations. That cannot be done.”