Ghana’s opposition is mounting pressure on president Akufo-Addo to make public the recommendations of a Commission tasked to probe violence during a by-election late January.
Six persons were shot with others sustaining injuries during the Ayawaso West-Wuogon by-election in the capital Accra as masked men reportedly from the National Security rained terror on opposition supporters.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) boycotted the Commission’s hearings but wants the recommendations published because it is of national interest.
“We recall that the Short Commission presented its report to the President on 15th March, 2019, and yet till date – almost a month, the President for some unknown reason, is sitting on the said report,” it said in a statement.
It added: “This is a blatant disregard for the principles of transparency and accountability that the President swore to uphold. In spite of the fact that the NDC boycotted the proceedings of the Commission, we believe that the Ayawaso West Wuogon issue is a matter of intense national and international interest, and that the people of Ghana deserve to know the findings and recommendation of the Commission.”
“What makes this demand imperative is the fact that till date, the perpetrators of the violence at the bye-election who were captured live on videos, are still free and walking the streets of Ghana. What is even more disturbing is that we still do not know the status of the police investigation into the said matter, despite assurances to the country,” the social democratic party stressed.
The three-member commission was headed by a retired Supreme Court judge Justice Emile Short.
Source: Emmanuel Amewugah, Daily Mail GH