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Parliament shocked by murder of Mfantseman MP

BY: graphic.com.gh
The late Ekow Kwansah Hayford
The late Ekow Kwansah Hayford

Parliament has been thrown into a state of shock and sadness following the gruesome murder of the Member of Parliament for Mfantseman, Mr Ekow Quansah Hayford.

A statement issued by the Public Affairs department of Parliament described the first-time MP as "a quiet, hardworking man, who did his job diligently with very little fuss".

"Parliament is shocked and extremely saddened by the gruesome murder of the Member of Parliament for Mfantseman, Hon. Ekow Quansah Hayford. The first time Member of Parliament served on the Judiciary Committee and the Defence and Interior Committee.

"The Speaker and Members, while mourning the loss of their colleague, have expressed the hope for expedited action to find and bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to book.

"Parliament expresses deep condolences to his wife and children, family and friends, the Mfantseman Constituency and the entire nation," the statement said.

Murder

The 49-year-old MP was reportedly shot by unknown assailants while returning from a campaign tour on the Nkusukum Mankessim-Abeadze Duadze road in the Central Region at about 1 am on Friday, October 9, 2020.

The Mankessim Divisional Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr Owoahene Acheampong who confirmed the incident to Graphic Online, said the Police were still gathering information as part of investigations.

The body has been deposited at the Saltpond mortuary.

An eyewitness in a radio interview monitored by Graphic Online in Accra said the suspected robbers stopped the MP's vehicle with others which had joined him on the campaign tour but the MP's driver attempted to drive through.

The driver was reportedly shot first which resulted in him losing control over the vehicle.

They were all ordered out of the vehicles and the MP reportedly introduced himself when the suspected robbers asked which of them was Ekow Kwansah, the eyewitness said.

According to the witness, the suspects said he [MP] was part of the people who were making life uncomfortable for them and then the shots followed.

The eyewitness said he heard two gunshots.