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Kpemka refutes claims of insulting Kusasi people over his defeat

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Former Deputy Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Joseph Dindiok Kpemka, has called on chiefs and people of  Kusasi to disregard a purported report suggested that he has launched verbal attacks on persons of the Kusasi ethnic group after losing the Tempane seat in the 2020 parliamentary election.

The report said “A former Deputy Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Joseph Dindiok Kpemka, has launched a verbal assault on persons of Kusasi root after he was uprooted from the Tempane seat at the 2020 parliamentary election with an embarrassing margin.”

“The Kusasis, who are said to be enjoying an unchallenged majority relative to the human population of the constituency, became a subject of a subtle attack from the former Member of Parliament (MP) following his electoral loss.”

But in a response copied to A1 Radio, Mr. Kpemka said he never made comments that suggest his defeat was caused by the people of Kusasi hence will soon take appropriate actions regarding the said report.

“My attention has been drawn to a publication in the Herald News Paper authored by one Haruna Sumaila Abugri who purports to be a journalist. My initial response was not to dignify this misleading and ethnocentric write up which has no bearing on the topic sentence. Upon a sober reflection and the advice of well-meaning people, I have decided to set the record straight.”

“Let me state without equivocation and for the records that contrary to proper journalistic practices, the writer never called me for my side of the story when he set out to write the story. The said Sumaila also did not state the forum I allegedly made those statements. Suffice it to say, however, that the intention of Mr. Haruna who has been publishing falsehoods and half-truths about me in the Herald Newspaper is nothing but a hired journalist mercenary struggling to please his paymasters and remain relevant.”

“Let me state categorically at this stage that assuming without for a moment admitting that I said those words, how does that amount to insulting Kusasis? How does saying that ‘I didn’t win in Kusasi Communities’ amount to an insult? He never quoted whatever insult he is alleging. I find the write-up as nothing but venal and fatuous journalistic cook up laced with sentimental and ethnic melodrama meant to generate hatred and dislike for me.”

The former Member of Parliament for Tempane Constituency emphasized that he never insulted and will never insult kusasis; whom he said are his maternal uncles.

“Mr. Haruna Sumaila Abugri has not taken any part in years past to project the course of Kusasis; but I have. I shall be back, but l hope my initial response will calm nerves and disappoint the expectations of Mr. Haruna and his disgraced sponsors.”

 

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Moses Apiah|Ghana

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