Minister for Special Development Initiatives, Mavis Hawa Koomson, has admitted firing gunshots at a voter registration centre in the Central Region.
“It was my gun. I fired my own warning shot,” she told Adom News, in an interview monitored by theghanareport.com.
The minister who is Member of Parliament (MP) for Awutu Senya East, claimed her opponent, Philis Naa Koryoo, had bused some people into the constituency to register at the Steps to Christ registration post in Kasoa.
Hawa Koomson by her vehicle at Kasoa
The minister of state at the presidency, Hawa Koomson, said she was accompanied to the centre by her men, who were unarmed. Her police escort was not with her at the time of the incident, around 9 am Monday.
She said she witnessed intimidating scenes at the polling station, with some motorbikes making furious turns around the centre. She believes it was men recruited by her opponent to cause fear.
“I realized that my peoples’ lives were in danger. I wanted to scare them,” the 54-year-old former teacher explained why she fired her gun, which she said was licensed.
According to eyewitnesses account, at least 15 men stormed the venue and tried to sack some applicants, suspected to have come from outside the region.