Sam George: Ghanaian opposition MP to sue govt over by-election enquiry report

Sam George
Sam George

A Ghanaian legislator is heading to court to challenge the contents of a Commission of Inquiry report that investigated a by-election violence in the capital Accra, last year.

Sam George, who was assaulted on January 31, 2019, during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, said he will push the Akufo-addo-led government to give life to the Emile Short Commission Report.

The three-member Commission recommended the criminal prosecution of a secret operative who assaulted the Ningo Prampram lawmaker, but that was met with a strong defence by government in contents of its White Paper.

The government, further explained, that a prosecution was unnecessary because there was a valid defence of provocation.

But George, who was speaking at a one year commemoration of the violent attack during the by-election, said justice will be served after the court action.

“The Emile Short Commission issued their report and indicted extensively the President and his dysfunctional appointments to the National Security apparatus and the individuals involved and identified in the unfortunate incident of 31st January 2019. The President has roundly rejected the findings of the Commission.”

“Myself and the NDC will next week file a lawsuit against Nana Akufo-Addo to challenge the findings of the White Paper and challenge the basis of the White Paper and the rubbishing of the Emile Short Commission and we call on his excellency Nana Akufo-Addo to immediately give life to the recommendations of the Emile Short Commission,” he said.

The Ayawaso West Wuogon by-elections was hit by chaos and violent protests after some suspected security personnel fired bullets at the Bawaleshie centre, polling station in the constituency.

Several rounds of ammunition were fired at the scene leaving several injured.

The opposition National Democratic Congress subsequently pulled out of the contest pointing to planned further attacks by what they describe state-sponsored security operatives.

The by-election was necessitated by the demise of the NPP MP of the area, the late Emmanuel Agyarko.

His wife,Lydia Alhassah who contested in the by-election, retained the seat for the party.

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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