Eastern Region: Dumsor demo turns bloody; 2 injured

Eastern Region: Dumsor demo turns bloody; 2 injured
Source: Ghana| Myjoyonline.com| OKKA
Date: 04-04-2019 Time: 12:04:09:pm
The police clashed with the demonstrators at Somanya roundabout

A least two persons have sustained injuries at Nuaso in the Eastern Region after a protest against erratic power supply turned bloody.

According to witnesses, the protestors, mainly from the Nuaso Township, marched toward Somanya on Wednesday evening to attack the Power Distribution Services (PDS) office which serves towns in the area.

But police got wind of the protest and stopped them at the Somanya roundabout where they had blocked the roads and were burning tyres.

bloody dumsor demo

The protestors, unhappy about the police ‘interference’ turned their anger on the law enforcers, pelting them with stones and other objects.

In a bid to defend themselves, the men in black opened fire.

Two persons sustained gunshot wounds and have been rushed to the hospital, Joy News’ Kofi Siaw reported.

One of them has been transferred to the Regional  Hospital in Koforidua. 

bloody dumsor demo

bloody dumsor demo

How bad is the power situation?

Residents in the Krobo enclave told Joy News that their power has been off for three consecutive days.

At the time the news team visited the area, there was no power.

bloody dumsor demo

Joy News is, however, unable to confirm the cause of the outages as residents suspect their case is different from the problem facing the rest of the country.

Siaw reported that the residents are also unwilling to pay for power because according to them, the Volta River Authority (VRA) acquired their lands for the power facility.

We are unable to confirm if that is the cause of the power cut, the reporter said.

Security has been tightened in the area.  

Power cuts across the country

Meanwhile, the capital, Accra and other major cities across the country continue to suffer severe and prolonged power cuts.

The government has said the problem is linked to a “delay in delivery of fuel to power plants among other factors.”

The issues are expected to be resolved by April 12, the Energy Ministry says.