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Mfantseman MP, Ekow Quansah shot dead in armed robbery attack

Slain Mfantseman MP, Ekow Quansah Hayford
The NPP MP was killed Friday dawn while heading home from an evening campaign at Abeaze Dominase, theghanareport.com has learned.

The 49-year old MP was in his vehicle with his driver and the constituency’s First Vice-Chairman when he was shot.

According to the vice-chairman, the gang of assailants crossed their vehicle suddenly and barked into their car.

The armed robbers ordered them out after seizing their belongings, including mobile phones and monies, an eyewitness said.

They shouted one question, ‘who is Ekow Quansah?’ The NPP MP identified himself before his killers loaded at least two shots into his body.

‘They just shot him’ the NPP communications team in the area said.

One bullet reportedly got lodged into his spinal cord. His driver was also shot in the wrist.

But the vice-chairman was unhurt. The driver reportedly died late afternoon between 3:30pm and 4:00pm.

The MP had only filed his nomination for the 2020 parliamentary elections Wednesday and moved into his constituency to campaign.

Mfantseman Primaries: Ekow Quansah Hayford picks NPP forms - Graphic Online
Photo: Quansah Hayford picks nominations forms to contest Mfantseman primaries in February.

He had targeted a farming community to campaign. But the voters there usually go to farm during the day and are often available after sunset.

The MP visited the community and while heading close to his home, the incident occurred.

The constituency has been thrown into mourning. He is survived by his wife and two children. He was the CEO of Apam FC. Ekow was to mark his 50th birthday on December 24, 2020.

His politics

Ekow Quansah is a first-term MP who was seeking re-election in 2020.  In 2016 he snatched the seat from the NDC represented by James Esseon.

But that race was tight.  He won by 726 votes to add to the NPP’s impressive haul of seats in that election.

In the 2020 NPP parliamentary primaries, Ekow retained the confidence of his party, beating James Korsah Brown by a margin of 346 votes.

His professional life

Ekow Quansah was a police officer between 1993 and 1998. He left the service as a Corporal. Two years later, he was appointed a manager at Mantrac.

He would later become CEO of Modisa Lodge from 2012 to 2016 before contesting the Mfansteman seat.

Parliamentary life

In parliament, he was a member of the Defence and Interior Committee and Judiciary Committee. In parliament he is not known to be one who sits on the fence.

Asking questions, making statements, the MP tried to represent his constituency in the chamber. In July 2018 he asked  the Minister for Energy what plans are in place to extend power supply to the following communities in Mfantseman Constituency: (i) Nameb (ii) Mankesim (iii) Taabosim (iv) Hini.

Proceedings of Tuesday, 12th November, 2019 highlighting a submission made by Ekow Hayford.

 

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