AUDIO: I regret Kasoa shooting incident, I apologise to Ghanaians says Hawa Koomson

Minister Designate for Fisheries Hawa Koomson has stated that she regrets circumstances leading to the shooting incident at Step to Christ registration Centre at Kasoa in July.

Appearing before parliament’s vetting committee on Thursday, madam Koomson pleaded with the committee to excuse her from answering further questions on the matter since it is still under investigation by the police.

He argues her decision to fire warning shots was in defence of her life considering development at the polling station.

The ministers action in July last year was met with a lot of condemnation from a cross section of Ghanaians as well as Civil Society Groups with some calling for her dismissal.

Listen to her submission before the committee

BACKGROUND

In July, 2020 Hawa Koomson said she received information that, members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) were bussing people from outside the constituency, from Gomoa East and Nsawam to register at the Step to Christ polling station.

She claimed that particular polling station was her [NPP] stronghold and has never lost an election in that polling station [2012 and 2016].

The MP said she told her informant that when she sees it again, she should call her.

So when she got information again that it was happening, she decided to visit the registration.

According to her, when she arrived at the scene, there were some boys on motorbikes and she felt her manager and boys who had arrived at the scene were in danger so she fired the warning shots.

The incident occurred at the centre situated at the Step to Christ polling station.

Reports indicate there were other gunshots apart from the one from Hawa Koomson.

Some motorbikes were burnt at the centre and EC officials at the centre were attacked as well during the confusion which disrupted the registration process for a while.

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