The alleged dismissal of the District Chief Executive (DCE), Sampson Owusu Boateng of Atebubu-Amanten District in the Brong Ahafo region by the President has continued to brew much tension in the area until the worst happened when the NDC party office was razed down by angry youths who were protesting against the dismissal.
The National Democratic Congress party office and an eight bedroom apartment belonging to a close associate of the DCE was on Tuesday March 29 burnt down by agitating youths.
The news of the dismissal of the Atebubu DCE was not welcomed by the youths of the area who accused the Member of Parliament for the region, Sanja Nanja of inciting the dismissal.
However, the MP has rejected claims that he is behind the dismissal of the Atebubu DCE arguing that such conspiracy will be the last thing to cross his mind. He was also accused of being the one who ordered the protesters to set the NDC office ablaze but he also refuted this saying that it was rather the District Chief Executive who instigated his men to set the office on fire.
It is however believed, according to sources that the clash was mostly ignited by a grave dispute which have been existing between the Atebubu DCE and the constituency’s MP even before Mr Boateng’s dismissal, which could also be the reason for the accusing fingers being pointed at the MP.
It would be recalled that Sampson Owusu Boateng was forced to drop his ambition to contest with the incumbent MP, Sanja Nanja, by the NDC executives in the party’s parliamentary primary.
Nevertheless, supporters of the DCE rejected the news that he has been relieved of his position by the president, insisting that the DCE will never vacate his position.
The Atebubu DCE since after receiving the mandate of his relief from office had refused to return his official car and vacate his office leading to a clash between supporters of the former DCE, Sampson Owusu Boateng, and those of the Member of Parliament for the area, Sanja Nanja.
Prior to the incident, Divisional Police Superintendent, Joseph Dzinaku went to the DCE’s house to retrieve his official car as instructed by the regional commander but was met by angry party supporters who chased him and his men out of the house amidst hurling eggs at them.
The protest turned so violent that even a fire service officer who was at the scene to control the fire of the burning building sustained a gun shot in one leg as the angry mob clashed outside the party office.
Meanwhile, calm has been restored to the area as military and police officers are taking control of the whole situation. The police is also on a man hunt for Mr Boateng who since after the Tuesday night incident has avoided any public appearance or contact.
According to ASP Tawah, the police were able to arrest three persons associated with the mishap and said they will also arrest and prosecute Mr Boateng any time they get wind of him.
“If he was around, we would have arrested him too but he has taken to his heels and we don’t know where he is but we are looking for him… We will prosecute him if we get him because he condoned and connived and instigated the assault,” ASP Taiwah said.
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