The Member of Parliament(MP) for Adansi Asokwa Constituency, KT Hammond says an old man like him will not describe people from the Volta Region as Non-Ghanaians.
KT Hammond granted an interview to a group of media personnel who report from Parliament House which has landed him in trouble over some of the comments deemed ethnocentric.
The interview spanned about 20 minutes and related to matters concerning the recent supreme court judgment on the new electoral register and the deployment of the military in certain parts of the country including the Volta Region.
He hazarded a guess and said, their presence may be due to the pending electoral registration exercise and to ensure the sanctity of its outcome by preventing non Ghanaians and those not constitutionally qualified to register and vote from infiltrating through the porous border. In the discourse, he stated the historical fact that the people of the Volta region and Togo have the same ethnic background and were related. He also stated that for this historical reason, the two intermingle across the eastern border.
The lawmaker then stated that even though they have the common background which he stated for which reason the Togolese cross the border into Ghana and back regularly, he said they were not Ghanaians and accordingly could not register to vote in Ghanaian elections.
This segment of the interview was only about 4 minutes in which he took pains to explain, after a series of questions from the media present, that all his references to non-Ghanaians referred to people from Togo.
KT Hammond over the weekend came under attack for comments which were described as ethnocentric and bigotry.
But reacting to the backlash in a statement, the Member of Parliament indicated that he’s very old and mature and will not describe people from the Volta Region as Non-Ghanaians.
“I am educated, old and mature enough to know the history of Ghana and to understand the debilitating effect of ethnocentricity and bigotry in any community. I am not the one to call fellow citizens from the Volta Region, non- Ghanaians.”
He indicated that “This is a deliberate, malicious, shameless twist of my responses with the sole purpose of causing me extraordinary political and social disaffection with Ghanaians from the Volta region. It is clear beyond argument that in my responses in the interview, at no point in the 4 minutes’ segment did I suggest let alone state that Ghanaians from the Volta Region were not Ghanaians”.
“I have taken steps to report the media houses associated with this mischief to the National Media Commission for redress. In the meanwhile, I call on the general public to disregard the twist to my responses and also to disregard the suggestions that my responses amount to the facts behind the state’s action”, he added
Source: MyNewsGh.com/ Ayeh Offei-Akoto/2020
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