Security Expert, Adam Bonah is calling for the Presidential Commission of Inqury hearing into the violence that characterized the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election to be held public.
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday February 6, 2019 set up a Presidential Commission of Inquiry to investigate the Ayawaso-West-Wuogon by-election violence.
The Commission is composed of: Mr. Justice Emile Short – Chairperson, Mrs. Henrietta Mensah Bonsu – Member, Mr. Patrick K. Acheampong – Member.
Mr. Ernest Kofi Abotsi, former Dean of the Faculty of Law of GIMPA and private legal practitioner, has been appointed as Secretary to the Commission.
The Commssion has to submit within one month its report to the President giving reasons for its findings and recommendations, including appropriate sanctions, if any.
Speaking on Kasapa News , Adam Bonah who’s a CEO of Security Warehouse, stated that though the members of the commission are credible persons who have good reputations, it will be in the interest of government to ensure the hearing is broadcast live so that the public can keenly follow the proceedings.
“The Commission of Inquiry hearing must be made public for the media to broadcast it live for everyone to see. This generation of young people didn’t witness the 1979 coup and so will be terrified by the violence that happened during the Ayawaso West by-election. The government should put in measures to reassure the people of Ghana that anybody who will engage in violence during the 2020 elections will be ruthlessly dealt with. This is a matter of huge public interest, if the hearing is done in camera people may question the findings. After all the Election Petition hearing at the Supreme Court was broadcast live for all to follow the proceedings. So that is what I’m expecting will be done as the Commission of Inquiry begins its work.”
Thursday’s by-election at Ayawaso-West Wuogon constituency was characterized by violence after some armed masked and hooded in police vehicles stormed the residence of the residence of the NDC parliamentary candidate.
In the process, six people were shot leaving them with varying degrees of injuries. The Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George was also assaulted and by the unknown men yet to be identified.
NPP’s Lydia Seyram Alhassan won the election and was sworn-in by Parliament on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Police Administration says it has expanded a committee to investigate the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency by-election shooting incident.
The investigations, police say, will cover the professional and criminal conduct of those involved in the incident.
A statement signed by Director General of Public Affairs, ACP Mr David Eklu, said personnel from Police Professional Standards Bureau, Police Legal and Prosecution Directorate, Police Operations as well as detectives from the Police Crime Scene Unit and Airport Division have joined the probe.
ACP George Tweneboah, Deputy-Director-General, heads the investigation committee, the statement said