Claim: News reports claim the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has dismissed its Kumawu Women’s Organiser for declaring support for the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Verdict: False. The Ashanti Regional Secretariat of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has described the claims as inaccurate. However, a reverse image search revealed the viral photo is not that of the Women’s Organiser for the Kumawu Constituency in the Ashanti Region.
News reports about a purported dismissal of the Women’s Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of Kumawu in the Ashanti Region have gone viral on various portals. The reports were published on July 8, 2023, on news portals, including pulseghana.com, modernghana.com, 3news.com ghanareport.com, among others.
The reports claimed that the purported Women’s Organiser of Kumawu Akua Afriyie,
“during the campaign era in the Kumawu by-election noted that though she was an NDC member, if the NPP presented Alan as their flagbearer in the 2024 elections, she would gladly vote for him. She stated then that Alan had a vision that could save this country and give the teeming youth hope.”
The reports are accompanied by an image purporting to be the Women Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of Kumawu in the Ashanti Region.
DUBAWA first contacted the Ashanti Regional Secretariat of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for a reaction to the viral reports. DUBAWA was directed to a press statement it issued on August 9, 2023, on the matter.
In the statement signed by the Ashanti Regional Secretary, Dr Frank Amoakohene, the party said, “The publications by certain media outlets to the effect that the NDC had suspended its women’s organiser should be disregarded.”
According to the release, the NDC said, “the name (Akua Afriyie), linked to the story, does not exist in any of their records as a women’s organiser or party executive at the branch, constituency, or regional level.”
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DUBAWA, however, discovered that a story by adomonline.com also reported on August 9, 2023, that the former Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Yaw Buaben Asamoa attributed Mary Agyemang as the name of the Women Organiser for the NDC at Kumawu.
He disclosed that he encountered “Ms Agyemang during the Kumawu by-election at the palace, where she was wearing NDC T-shirts despite being seen at the chief’s palace when Mr Kyerematen was present.”
A Google search, however, revealed the poster of Mary Agyemang when she was contesting on the ticket of the NDC as the Women Organiser. The picture on the poster differs from the viral picture purporting to be the Women Organiser for the Kumawu Constituency.
On Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem, the Women Organiser of the NDC Mary Agyemang was phoned in, and she denied reports that she had been suspended. The interview video has been published on the YouTube account of the media house.
The claim that National Democratic Congress (NDC) has dismissed its Kumawu Women’s Organiser for declaring support for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is false.