Member of parliament for Adansi-Asokwa, KT Hammond has denied claims that he has branded the people of Volta Region as non-Ghanaians.
According to him, his widely condemned comments about the deployment of the military at borders of Oti and Volta Regions has been misconstrued.
Speaking to CITI News, KT Hammond said with his stature in Ghanaian politics, he will never sink that low to stigmatize a whole region.
“That is not what I said. How can I brand the whole population of the Volta Region as non-Ghanaians? That was not what I said. I did not emphatically make that point.,” he said.
“I have very good friends from the Volta Region including Fifi Kwetey, Okudzeto Ablakwa, Doe Adjaho some of whom are members of my fan club. I have grown well enough in politics to know that you do not have to stigmatize a particular section of a country because of politics. I didn’t say that.”
Meanwhile former president John Mahama has condemned the deployment of troop at the Volta and Oti Region. According to the flagbearer of the NDC in the 2020 elections, what is happening in those regions are nothing but a tactic to intimidate and prevent the people from the forthcoming registration exercise.
In a statement issued by his aide Joyce Bawa Mogtari, the leader of the NDC said the people of Volta and Oti regions “have been left in no doubt that the deployment is part of a larger strategy to intimidate them into abstaining from the [voters] registration exercise starting on Tuesday.”
“I have sufficient reason to believe that there is merit in the concerns raised by the residents of these Regions,” he said.
“To send troops into regions in times of peace for the sole purpose of preventing them from registration amounts to declaring war on them.”