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VIDEO: NDC and NPP supporters “clash” at Hogbetsotso festival

Vice-President Bawumia led the government delegation to the stronghold of the NDC to mark the 60th anniversary of the Hogbetsotso festival

Supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) clashed on Saturday (5 November 2022) at the Hogbetsotso festival of the Anlo State in the Volta Region.

The NPP members chanted traditional slogans and sang party songs to give Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia a rousing welcome at the festival grounds. The party faithful were seen in video clips that circulated widely on social media, mobbing Bawumia as he made his way to join other dignitaries at the event.

 

Certain people in the crowd, believed to be NDC members, were also filmed disturbing the peaceful atmosphere at the festival as the vice-president delivered his speech.

 

 

Dr Bawumia led the government delegation to the NDC stronghold on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Hogbetsotso, at the invitation of the Awoamefia, Togbi Sri III.

This year’s celebration is on the theme “60 Years of Anlo Hogbetsotso Za: Uniting for Development, Sustaining Our Unique Cultural Commonwealth for Future Generations”.

Dr Bawumia used the occasion to call for togetherness, reminding guests that it brings about development.

 

Also present at the festival was the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, and the Ga Mantse, Nii Tackie Teiko Tsuru II.

Hogbetsotso reminds the Anlos of how they escaped from the rule of Togbe Agorkoli in Notsie about 400 years ago. The name of the festival derives from the Ewe language and translates as “the festival of exodus” or “coming from Hogbe [Notsie]”.

A host of chiefs and other public figures, together with musicians from the Volta Region and the diaspora, also graced the historic ceremony.

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