A Deputy Minister of Information, Felix Kwakye Ofosu is accusing the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) as a possible cause of the decision by the U.S Embassy to issue an alert to caution its citizens against the possible outbreak of violence in the aftermath of the Supreme Court judgment.
Speaking on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana Tuesday, Mr. Kwakye Ofosu said utterances and activities of NPP supporters and functionaries since the Party lost the 2012 elections, sent signals to the U.S that all is not well with the political climate.
The U.S Embassy on Monday issued a circular to its citizens in the country warning “of a potential increase in political tensions and the possibility of isolated violence associated with the anticipated August 29 announcement of the Ghanaian Supreme Court’s decision on the legal challenge to Ghana’s election results”.
The release triggered a national reaction with many angered that the U.S was spreading fear and panic among the Ghanaian public. The Embassy however explained that the circular was not intended to raise public anxiety but to warn its citizens.
But government says it does not anticipate any form of violence after the court gives its decision on August 29.
Mr. Kwakye Ofosu explained that since the hearing of the election petition NPP faithfuls have been demonstrating in London, Dublin and the U.S creating a negative impression to foreign countries.
He said NPP demonstrators hurled abuses at president John Mahama during his visit to London. He claimed they also made disparaging remarks about Ghana’s judiciary and other institutions of state.
“Some have attacked the Supreme Court, the police, the executive and president; making the president look like a dictator stifling people’s freedoms”, he said.
He concluded that at NPP rallies “there has been a conscious effort to run down state institutions..there is no benefit to be derived from painting your nation black”.