A Cape Coast circuit court has granted a GHC30, 000 bail with two sureties to Kwesi Dawood, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) communication officer in the Central Region
Dawood has been accused of alleged incest and abortion with his biological daughter.
He pleaded not guilty and is to reappear in court on 27 October 2021, reports Eric Asante, Asaase News’s Central Region Correspondent
NDC suspends Dawood
Kojo Quansah, the regional secretary of the NDC, confirmed the suspension in an interview with the media in Assin-Fosu on Monday (11 October).
He said Dawood’s suspension was in line with the party’s constitution on misconduct and anti-party behaviour.
“Now, we want to put it on record that Dawood is suspended as the Regional communications officer until further notice,” he said and noted that the NDC could not pretend to be unconcerned about the incident.
Quansah said the decision was taken after a thorough investigation and information from the Ghana Police Service, the victim and the mother, stating that “the NDC will not cover up anything.”
He said as a leading political force in Ghana, the NDC regretted the alleged act and expressed strong optimism in the Party’s unflinching quest to, at all times, uphold the rights and freedoms of all manner of persons without prejudice.
“The party is not pleased with the alleged misconduct of Dawood because it vehemently frowns on such attitudes, especially in his former capacity as the regional communications officer.
“Though the alleged incident concerned one person, its rippling consequences cast a slur on the Party and its leadership,” he stated.
Dawood was reported by his former wife to the police for allegedly having sex with his daughter multiple times, leading to a pregnancy.
He allegedly contacted a quack doctor, who performed an abortion on the victim.
According to a petition submitted by the victim’s mother, Mavis Ayitey to the Central Regional Police Command, the suspect had allegedly engaged in the act since the girl was 15.
She is now 16 years.
“The father, Dawood, has been forcibly having sexual affair with the daughter since at the age of 15 years (incest) and even had an abortion with her and warned her not to inform anyone else he will make her life miserable,” the petition read in part.
According to details contained in the same petition, the victim who could not bear the pain of the father’s actions anymore, on Friday, 24 August 2021, confided in her school’s housemaster.
The school official then invited the girl’s grandmother, with whom she was staying at Swedru and informed her about the victim’s ordeal, and they reported the case to the police.