The Central Regional Minister Ama Benyiwa Doe has strongly rebuffed claims that she prevented former information Minister Stephen Asamoah Boateng from participating in the funeral of a Late Chief on Saturday October 9.
Ama Benyiwa Doe told Citi News she suspects the NPP is plotting to silence her in the region with such allegations and that the move, which is the second after Nana Addo’s encounter at the Fetu Afahye, is part of a grand scheme to tarnish her image.
Mr. Asamoah Boateng according to the Daily Guide News Paper was attending the funeral of Nana Essandoh Okese the eighth on Saturday October 9, when some Police officers stopped him from presenting funeral donations to the traditional elders and family of the late Chief.
The Daily Guide claims Mr. Asamoah Boateng was prevented on the orders of Ama Benyiwa Doe. But the Central Regional Minister has described the claims as false. “Its complete madness, If Asamoah Boateng can look up to God and say that he was coming there and I stopped him, then he needs to be examined. Otherwise anybody also writing that I saw Asamoah Boateng and sent that he should be stopped, that person should be examined.
The whole Central Regional House of chiefs’ elders were there and I spent only 25 minutes there because I had other engagements. Seriously, I did not Asamoah Boateng was there and I didn’t see him, neither did I hear anything about him so I was surprised when this Morning I only wake up to hear that Asamoah was there and I turned him away. It’s really an unfortunate situation and I am more than surprised.” she explained. “I know that the NPP in the region have been meeting on how to tackle me but if this is the way of trying to tackle me then they are misfiring from the beginning. How do I in my right senses go to a funeral and order that anybody who comes after me at the funeral should be stopped? It doesn’t really make sense” she said.
Not too long ago, Nana Akufo-Addo was reported to have been prevented from participating in the Oguaa Fetu Afahye by operatives of President Mills. A similar incident is said to have occurred at the Odwira Festival in the Eastern Region. Madam Ama Benyiwa Doe said the NPP was only plotting such stories by attending public events late to court public sympathy and cast a slur on the NDC government.
However, a member of Nana Addo’s Campaign Team Boakye Agyarko believes the NDC has become restless since the NPP elected Nana Akufo-Addo as the 2012 Flagbearer and are seeking everything opportunity to make him unpopular.