If Tarzan Can Speak His Mind, Others Have The Right To Throw Their Hands

A leading member of the Communication Team for the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Asamoah Gyamfi, has described the post-ban utterances of Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobbey, former Chief Executive Officer of the Volta River Authority (VRA) as most unfortunate particularly when he has benefited immeasurably from the party’s largesse. The National Executive Committee of the New Patriotic Party last Friday slapped a two-year ban on Wereko-Brobby for, amongst, others, exhibiting behaviour that put the party's image into disrepute. Dr Wereko-Brobby is also to write an apology letter to the party within one week for bringing the name of the party into disrepute. For the two years that his membership will be suspended, he is to further refrain from making any disparaging remarks about the party. The punishment was meted out after the party's National Executive Committee received the report of the Disciplinary Committee of the party. According to reports, the Disciplinary Committee recommended a one-year suspension, but the NEC deemed it as too lenient and added another 12 months to it. The disciplinary committee was chaired by Most Rev Dr Asante Antwi. It had Addo Kufuor, Gladys Asmah, R. O Solomon, Nii Ayikoi Otoo, Opare Hammond, Ken Wuud and Sharika Abdulai as some of its members. But unperturbed by the decision, Dr. Wereko-Brobbey in a recent interview on OkayFM referred to the NPP supporters who nearly attacked him at the party’s Headquarters as “rabble-rousers” and further described the leadership of the party as “octogenarian leaders” who must pave way for young ones to take over the administration. His remarks seemed to have incurred the wrath of the NPP Communicator, who in a sharp riposte, described the former NPP Chairman aspirant as irrelevant, who cannot even win elections as an Assemblyman in his hometown. Speaking on OkayFM, Asamoah Gyamfi said it is incumbent on every loyal party card-bearing member to support a decision made by the NEC, pointing out that the decision to challenge the 2012 elections in court was given the go-ahead by the NEC. He indicated that there was no way the youth in the party will stand by and look on unconcerned for the former VRA boss to impugn the integrity of and undermine the party’s leadership. Justifying the attempt by the some youth activists of the party to attack him (Wereko-Brobbey) at the party’s Headquarters a couple of weeks ago, he disclosed that the action was necessitated because of the insults he hurled at the leadership of the party; adding that “the only language the people at the grass roots can speak well is to beat him up” to remind him to guard his utterances. “If Wereko-Brobbey has the right to speak, others have the right to throw their hands,” he added.