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NPP candidate for Yapei-Kusawgu killed in car crash

Abu Kamara died on the spot on Friday when his car crashed into a lorry as he was returning to Tamale from a project tour

Abu Kamara, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidate for Yapei-Kusawgu in the Savannah Region, died in a car crash last night (Friday 16 October).

Reports suggest the parliamentary candidate was returning to Tamale from a campaign trip when the accident occurred.

Abu Kamara, NPP candidate, Yapei Kusawgu

His car is said to have run into an articulated lorry, leading to his death on the spot. An aide and one other person also died in the accident.

The crash occurred at Datoyili, near Tamale, on the Tamale-Kumasi highway, at about 10.39pm on Friday night.

Party confirms crash

NPP executives confirmed the death of the MP aspirant.

A statement issued by the party said: “With a heavy heart, the Savannah Regional NPP and the party at large announce the unfortunate demise of our parliamentary candidate for the Yapei-Kusawgu constituency, Abu Kamara.

“He died with an aide, Majeed Kotochi (Young Chief) and another occupant in an unfortunate accident at the Datoyili police barrier. May their souls rest in peace. Amen.”

The bodies of all three men were deposited at the Tamale Teaching Hospital. It was expected that Kamara would be buried today, in keeping with Muslim tradition.

Car crash that killed Abu Kamara, NPP candidate, Yapei Kusawgu, 16.10.2020
Wreckage from the crash that killed Abu Kamara, NPP parliamentary candidate for Yapei-Kusawgu, on 16.10.2020

Pile-up

It is not the first time in recent weeks that political figures have been involved in an accident.

On 7 October, the national organiser of the NPP, Sammi Awuku, narrowly escaped death after he was involved in a crash on the road between Ejisu and Konongo in the Ashanti Region.

Last Saturday another member of the party, David Asante, the chief executive of Ghana Publishing Company Ltd and former leader of the Let My Vote Count Alliance, was injured in an accident in the North-East Region.

Before these incidents, Alhaji Fuseini Maiga, a prominent member of the NPP and founding father of Nasara, the party’s zongo wing, lost his life in an accident while returning to Accra from the Volta Region. He had been campaigning for the NPP in the 7 December polls.

The deputy youth organiser for the opposition National Democratic Congress in Bono East, Isaac Kojo Nsiah, also died in a car crash on the Kintampo-Techiman highway on 3 October.

Fred Dzakpata

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