- A pre-election violence that followed a weekend campaign rally has left six people dead in northern Ghana, 900 km from the capital Accra.
According to the vice presidential candidate of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mahamudu Bawumia, the trouble had sparked off after shots were fired during a campaign tour of his party. This followed a rampage by suspected NPP marauding supporters across Gushiegu town the next day, setting houses and cars on fire.
The attacks, which caused the death of three opposition supporters, burnt 19 houses.
Three of the arsoned houses and six cars belonged to the regional chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress Mahama Jeboni.
“All our houses have been burnt, all our resources... have been destroyed,” the regional chairman's daughter, Sayakulu Jeboni, told 'Joy-FM'.
"If government does not intervene, there will be war in Gushiegu," she said.
Police are said to be investigating the violence and have imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the town.
The violent attacks comes few months before Ghanaians go to the polls on 7 December to elect a new president and lawmakers. President John Kufuor who took over from John Jerry Rawlings will not constest the polls.
Ghana has been hailed as one of Africa's democratic giants, amid fears of frequent political clashes between the ruling party and opposition suppporters.
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