Some angry members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) at Asesewa in the Eastern Region have chased out the staff of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and locked the offices.
They accused the Company of intentionally cutting power supply just when the Vice President, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia was about to address a campaign rally at the Asesewa market on Tuesday evening.
The irate members besieged the ECG premises and ordered the workers to vacate their offices because they suspected the workers were on a mission to sabotage the NPP campaign in the area.
A worker who spoke to JoyNews said they dragged them from their offices onto the compound and locked the main entrance.
He narrated that the stranded workers had to scale the walls, leaving behind their vehicles and other properties before they could go home.
Explaining what led to the power cut, the worker who pleaded anonymity said the Asesewa district has its source of power distribution from a substation at Akyem-Tafo, hence the Asesewa office could not have deliberately interrupted power supply when the Dr Bawumia was billed to address his party.
He stated that a team had to trace the source of the power cut to Boti where a tree branch had fallen on the main distribution cable.
According to him, even though the challenge was immediately rectified after the Vice President left, some communities are yet to have power restored.
A leading member of the NPP in the Upper Manya Krobo constituency, Philip Mamphey, however, disagrees with the explanation of the ECG.
According to him, the act to cut power supply anytime the NPP holds a rally has become one too many.
“As for electricity, the can be emergency outages most of the time. But this is not the first time this is happening in the Upper Manya constituency, In 2012, the same thing happened and in 2020 it has happened again.
“And so the community and our party people have suspected that this is a deliberate act t make our party unpopular and disrupt the programme. And that is unfair,” he said.
When contacted, Eastern Regional PRO of ECG Mary Eshun Oppong confirmed the locking of the offices.
The ECG staff have since reported the case at the Asesewa Police station.