The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Effiduase-Asokore Constituency, Dr Nana Ayew Afriyie, has denied media reports that he assaulted the District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, by giving two conflicting and disjointed accounts.
The DCE, suffered pain in one leg, as she was seen limping and rushed to the Effiduase Government Hospital, where she was treated and discharged, the eyewitness said.
But the first time lawmaker’s attempt to disentangle himself from reports that he slapped Mary Boatemaa Marfo, when President Akufo-Addo visited the area last Friday, has exposed the MP, perhaps the more as he has given different accounts in two separate media interviews.
In one breath, the MP told Accra-based Peace FM that he never raised his hand against anyone, including the lady DCE and that, it is a deliberate move by the DCE, to take the shine out of President Akufo-Addo’s visit to the Constituency.
According to the MP, it is a ploy by the DCE to deny him the spotlight on the many developmental projects he has embarked upon in the Constituency.
Speaking to the radio station, the legislator said it is “Untrue” – adding that, “I haven’t raised my hand on anyone and I don’t intend to do so’’, and insisted “It is a well calculated fabricated story by the DCE to take the shine out of the President’s visit in the constituency which will project the transformational changes under my tenure.’’
However, in another interview with an online portal Mynewsgh.com, he admitted that Madam Marfo, indeed, fell in his presence, but it wasn’t because he slapped her, but because it had rained and the ground was slippery and so she tripped in her high heels and long kaba and slit.
“She was having a brawl with one David over the keys to a school bus belonging to AMASS and because it had rained, she got tripped by her high heels and long slit; I was standing nearby but nobody can say I touched her”, Ayew said.
The MP admitted that there is a feud between the two but he would “never desecrate my office by raising my hands on anybody, let alone a woman; she just created the story to cover her shame because she has lost favour before the chiefs and the people”.
Dr Nana Ayew Afriye, allegedly slapped Mary Boatemaa Marfo after a fight ensued between the two at Effiduase in the Sekyere East District of the Ashanti region.
The unfortunate incident happened Friday morning at the premises of the Effiduase District Assembly, according to an eyewitness.
“He slapped her in the face, pushed her on the ground as the Constituency Chairman and other executives looked on”,
The eyewitness, who only gave his name as Asante, told Ghanaguardian.com that, the MP and the DCE, were quarrelling about which bus will convey party faithful to President Akufo-Addo’s durbar grounds.
Asante reported that, Nana Ayew Afriye, slapped Madam Mary Marfo in the face and pushed her on the ground after she flouted his orders by telling the bus driver not to move the vehicle. The DCE, was seen limping and had to be rushed to the Effiduase Government Hospital treatment.
When asked whether an official complaint was lodged at the police station, Asante replied ‘no’, as at the time of filing this report.
There was confusion over the venue to host a durbar to welcome the President to the town.
The two were divided on where to stage the durbar, sources have told MyNewsGh.com
Nana Akufo-Addo on Friday paid working visit to the Sekyere East District as part of his three-day official visit to the Ashanti Region.
The tour was to offer him the opportunity to inspect major infrastructural projects being undertaken by the government and interact with chiefs, party faithful and religious leaders.
Meanwhile, the DCE, was reported to have manipulated some contracts in the constituency to enrich herself – something the MP was strongly against.
After the auditor-General indicted her administration, Mary Boatemaa Marfo, accused Dr. Nana Ayew Afriyie of masterminding her removal from office – and on several platforms vowed to pay back.
The report said that over GH¢141,000 had been lost through padding of enrolment figures and other manipulations of data.
Findings of preliminary investigations, conducted by state agencies such as the National Security and the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) in collaboration with the GSFP Secretariat, established some infractions in seven schools in the Sekyere East District.
Portions of the report made available to the paper indicated that Ntunkumso Presbyterian Primary, which was a single school with an enrolment of 385 and one caterer as of the third term of 2017/18 academic year, had been split into three with the enrolment figure repeated thrice in the payment file.
It was also discovered at the Ntunkumso Roman Catholic Primary that although the school had 172 pupils for the period under review, the caterer was paid for 380 pupils.
This is not the first time a leading member of the governing NPP has been slapped in the region.
It will be recalled that the Ashanti Regional chairman of the party, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, known as Chairman Wontumi, slapped the MP for Manhyia North Constituency, Collins Owusu Amankwah in 2016 over voter registration exercise in the region.