The 2020 presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) former President John Mahama, has promised that perpetrators of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence will be called to accountability under him as President.
Addressing a durbar to commemorative durbar in Accra to mark one year of the violence, President Mahama said the persons who suffered the violence deserve justice that the Akufo-Addo government has denied them.
“The assault visited on innocent citizens at the hands of their own government, a government that was constitutionally bound to protect them will not pass in vain.
“At the appropriate time, the recommendations that were made to offer restitution and compensation to the victims will be acted upon under an NDC administration,” he said.
The durbar came off at Legon which is part of the Ayawaso West Constituency.
The reprehensible violence which had happened on the31st of January 2017, entails the government sending NPP party thugs drafted into National Security, to the house of the NDC’s candidate to unleash gun violence.
The thugs, who had been hooded in masks stormed the house of Delali Kwasi Brempong at Bawaleshie, and opened fire on unarmed civilians.
Among the victims, at least one person is said tohave suffered amputation.
Following the violence, President Akufo-Addo came under pressure to investigate and punish the perpetrators. The government eventually set up the Emile Short Commission of Inquiry to look into the issue, however, the same government later rejected most of the recommendations of the commission.
According to Mr. Mahama, if he is voted back into power, his administration will do everything in its power to ensure that the perpetrators face justice.
President Mahama also chided the Ghana Police Service for allowing itself to become an appendage of the government, saying that the Police had not lived up to their responsibility to protect the civilians who were attacked.
According to him, when he returns into office, he will reform the Police Service so that it returns to professionalism.
“The NDC is coming and we will reform the Service….our police officers must remain neutral and non-partisan in everything that they do.”