Ghana: Consternation Grips the Country as MP is Shot Dead Whilst on Campaign ahead of December Poll
A Member of Parliament (MP) on the ticket of Ghana’s governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) was on the early hours of Friday, October 9, shot and killed in his vehicle by a group of gunmen suspected to be highway robbers while he was returning from a campaign tour in his constituency in the Central Region ahead of the December 7 general elections.
Eyewitness reports say the suspected armed robbers stopped Mr. Ekow Quansah Hayford’s vehicle in which there were other persons who had joined him on the campaign tour, but his driver attempted to drive through and was shot first, resulting in him losing control over the vehicle.
The armed men then asked the MP to introduce himself to them, which he accordingly did, and after they shot him twice, killing him. The police have since launched an investigation into the incident, with the Inspector General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh declaring in a statement a GH₵20,000 bounty on the killers of the lawmaker.
Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Prof Mike Oquaye, reacting to the news, which has broken the hearts of members, said: “It is very sad for the democracy of this country.”
Members of the House have unanimously condemned the murder of their colleague, with Minority Leader, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, calling on the state and government to provide elevated security for MPs, particularly as the election is at hand. He recounted a similar incident where another sitting MP was murdered in cold blood in his house in November 2019.
Whilst extending his condolences to the family of the slain MP for Mfantseman Constituency, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a Facebook post tasked the Police to expedite investigations into the incident and bring the perpetrators to book.
“It is a sad day for Mfantseman and for Mother Ghana. My last encounter with him was on 30th June, this year, when I commissioned a water supply project at Anomansa, in his constituency. By all accounts, he was very much appreciated and loved by his constituents, and I expect the police to bring the perpetrators of this gruesome, cruel act to book as soon as possible”, President Akufo-Addo said.
The deceased MP had filed his nomination for re-election Thursday, October 8, 2020, and met with regional party executives before he set off on the campaign trip, which marked his journey from the earth.