General Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) John Boadu, has justified that, the warning shot by the Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya East Constituency and Minister of Special Development Initiatives Hawa Koomson to disperse off thugs at a registration centre in Kasoa was in self-defense.
Hawa Koomson fired a warning shot at a voters’ registration centre in Kasoa in the Central Region alleging that, her life was threatened by some thugs affiliated to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC)
The act however received massive condemnation from the public with many pressing for her resignation and prosecution.
But speaking on A1 Radio, John Boadu, said, Hawa Koomson’s action was in self-defense and thus committed no crime.
“She had information that, the NDC had bused people from Nsawum to her constituency to register. At the start of the registration, they insisted that, everybody that does not reside in that constituency should be allowed to register.
So, on her return, She(Hawa Koomson) was accosted by these thugs on their motor bikes, her car was blocked and also sensing danger realizing that, if she does not defend herself anything can happen. In this country of ours it is legal to have a gun if it is licensed. So, she pulled her gun and gave a warning shot thankfully, the thugs, I think they were so terrified, they run away and left their motor bikes”.
“That was the best decision she could have retorted to, if she had not done that, the story would have been different. But I just want to understand, what exactly are they saying she did, that flaws the laws of our country.
What is the NDC saying, that she should have stood there for her to be attacked the same way Ursula Owusu was attacked? It point is we shouldn’t get there”.
Mr. Boadu, recalled similar attacks by some thugs of the NDC on himself in Asutifi South constituency and also on Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West Constituency, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful at the Odododiodoo constituency for daring to monitor elections in those constituencies.
He observed that, the ongoing voters’ registration exercise has been peaceful aside few pockets of violence at some registrations centres.