The Effutu Parliamentary Candidate for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), James Kofi Annan, has been arrested for allegedly taking on the Chairman of the voters' registration challenge committee in Winneba in the Central Region.
Mr, Annan, has been charged with offensive conduct conducive to the breach of peace, but The Herald, was informed yesterday that, when the case was called in court shortly after the arrest, the trial judge indicated that the matter, has to be properly put before the court and asked the prosecution to go and do its homework well.
Mr Annan, was subsequently granted a self-cognisance bail.
The Effutu Constituency, where Alexander Afenyo-Markin, is a Member of Parliament (MP) has seen some interesting development in recent times since James Kofi Annan, a former member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) resigned from his party and joined the NDC, and later became the party's Parliamentary candidate for the 2020 election.
In the present case, the Chairman of the Committee, Samuel AsieduOkanta, who also happens to be the Acting Commandant of the Police Command and Staff College in Winneba, said the parliamentary candidate, at about 9.30 am yesterday, July 21, 2020, walked into a meeting of the committee and asked the Municipal Electoral Commission, why the committee had started hearing a case without the representative of the NDC.
In a charge sheet, Okanta, said when he approached the parliamentary candidate to ask him to address any grievance to him [the Chairman of the committee], the aspirant replied, saying "if you are the Chairman of the Committee and so what? You are the reason why we are not enjoying peace in Winneba Town."
According to the facts of the case as presented by the police, the comment by the candidate was with the intent "to provoke breach of peace or whereby a breach of the peace is likely to be occasioned."
The NDC candidate, was put before court and has since been granted bail.
This is not the first time,Mr Kofi Annan, has had some brusheswith the law.
In March2020, a Ghanaian, Benjamin Ackah, lodged a complaint at the Winneba Police Command that, without his permission, an amount of GHS100,000, had been transferred from his account into an account belonging to the NDC Parliamentary candidate.
Kofi Annan, was subsequently arraigned before the Winneba District Court to answer to charges of stealing, abetment of crime and dishonestly receiving.
Chief Superintendent Samuel AseiduOkanta, indicated that the preliminary investigation, they conducted turned out that the money was indeed transferred to a bank account belonging to James Kofi Annan.