By: News Desk | Voltaonlinegh |
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ketu South, Fiifi Fiavi Kwetey has said “enough” of the consistent discrimination against the Volta Region and its people by some elements in the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP, saying, “Ewes can’t breathe.”
He said the party had for a long time, made various attempts to brand and suspect Ewes as foreigners who should not enjoy their rights as citizens of Ghana including the right to exercise one’s franchise.
Mr Kwetey who said this while addressing a press briefing organised by the party held in the Ketu South Municipality on the recent military deployment to the region, said the “owners of Ghana” (NPP) had always branded Ewes as Togolese.
“This show of tribal hatred did not start today. The Nana Addo government is only taking it to a whole new level. This deep-seated animosity comes from a sense of entitlement- the belief that because they are ‘superior Ghanaians’, all others who do not share their political perspective must be deemed ineligible so that the political destiny of Ghana would remain exclusively in their hands.”
Watch full Presser Below [Fiifi’s submission: from 30mins]
He said the NPP family had challenged the citizenship of former President Rawlings whose mother comes from Keta in the Volta region and continued to do same to other sons and daughters from the region.
Mr Kwetey whose father hails from Nogokpo and Anyako and mother from Denu and Klikor said in 2009, he also faced similar discrimination at his parliamentary vetting to become a deputy minister of finance when the NPP family claimed that he was not a Ghanaian to become a member of Ghana’s government.
He said the earlier the NPP family snapped out of the delusion that some other Ghanaians “are foreigners and only they are proper Ghanaians”, the better for all of Ghana as the respect for all Ghanaians, north, south, east or west was crucial in the endeavor for all to hold hands in the true spirit of brotherhood, as envisaged by Dr Kwame Nkrumah at the time of Ghana’s independence.
The Ketu South MP insisted the military presence along the borders in the region was a just game plan and called on the voice of conscience to speak against “this looming danger” and let the “NPP government and others who think alike to appreciate that Citizenship is a question of law.”
MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said just as “the Ewes are in Ghana and Togo, so are Akans found in Ivory Coast so, why is nobody talking about that” but always the citizenship question continued to be directed at the Ewes?
He said the people of the region had equal stake for its produced illustrious sons and daughters including the composer of the Ghana’s national anthem, Mr Philip Gbeho.
Watch Ablakwa and other Speakers submissions below