The family of Opare, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) communicator whose father’s funeral was marred by a free-for-all fight by party loyalists is demanding compensation of GHC 50,000 from the party through their relative.
The family insists that the spirit of the dead whose final journey home was supposed to be solemn has been desecrated by the act and so must be appeased to avert the wrath of the ancestors.
They also say the amount of funeral donations that was expected to be realized from the funeral of the man who lived his life well was gravely affected, lamenting that even the NPP bigwigs in whose interest the brawl ensued refused to give any donations before leaving the funeral grounds.
Speaking in an interview, Opare appealed to the leadership of the NPP to help him raise the amount which has been heaped on his head by the family in order to put his dead father to a peaceful rest.
“My father served the party till his death but received nothing for his sacrifices; I have also followed his footsteps by serving the party though I get no benefits from it, so if you can’t honour his memory but choose to desecrate his funeral then it is very bad”, he said.
“Now the family has asked me to pay a fine of GHC 50, 000 for the mayhem caused by my party folks at my father’s funeral, but there is no way that I can raise that amount; so I’m calling on the leadership of my party to help to raise the amount if they want peace to prevail and for my father to get a peaceful rest”, Opare added.
Two persons sustained various degrees of injuries after a free for all fight broke out at the funeral of the father of Opare, a serial caller with the NPP in the Suhum Constituency last Saturday.
The party’s Lower West Akim Communications Director, Bernard Kwasi Amoani who sustained a deep life-threatening machete wound on his head was admitted at the Suhum Government Hospital whereas Alexander Odei was treated and discharged the same day for minor bruises on his lips, sustained from some dirty slaps he received during the melee.
Though it has been rejected by both parties, rumors had it that the violent confrontation was triggered by the refusal by the supporters of the Member of Parliament for Suhum, Boafo Kwadwo Asante for the supporters of Presidential Staffer, Frank Asiedu Bekoe alias PROTOZOA who has his eyes on the seat from greeting the incumbent.