At least 35 suspects have been arrested amidst reports of fatalities as Police fired live bullets to disperse irate youth who charged on staff of Power Distribution Service, PDS for embarking mass disconnection exercise for non-payment of bills, in the Kpongunor – Agormanya towns in the Manya Krobo Municipality of Eastern Region yesterday.
Agitated youth blocked the road with cement blocks and firewood and set tyres on fire to prevent the PDS officials and the police escort from carrying out their exercise.
The irate youth, pelted the team with stones from their hideout, smashing the windscreen of a Nissan pickup with registration No. GV 2318 – 14 belonging to the PDS.
Reports say scores later mobilized themselves and marched to the Assembly to present a petition to the MCE who fled upon sensing danger. In an attempt to stop them, the Police fired shots indiscriminately.
MP for the area, Ebenezer Oklitey Teye Larbi, insists four are dead but that has not been officially confirmed.
“If you want to kill the people, they should go ahead and kill the people”, he said in a radio interview. He wondered why the exercise took place despite meetings he personally had with the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) to suspend the exercise for a couple of days as efforts are made to find a lasting solution to the problem.
Several young men are said to have fled the town after the Police mounted door to door search to pick suspects late into the night. On Monday, 20 May 2019, scores of irate youth in Manya Kpongunor in the Lower Manya Krobo District also clashed with officials of PDS following a similar disconnection exercise which resulted in three persons sustaining injuries