Former president John Mahama has urged members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to partake in tomorrow’s planned street protest organized by the Inter-Party Coalition for National Sovereignty.
According to the NDC presidential candidate, the protest will help “show to the world that we stand for peace and that violence displayed in AWW has not place in our democracy”
The Inter-Party Coalition for National Sovereignty, comprises of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the Convention People’s Party (CPP), the Ghana Consolidated People’s Party (GCPP), the Democratic People’s Party (DPP), the People’s National Convention (PNC), United Front Party (UFP), the EGLE Party and the All People’s Congress (APC).
The street protest is to express their displeasure with the lapses in the nation’s security, especially following the violence that erupted the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.
According to the Convener of the planned protest, Bernard Monah, the ‘Aagbe wo’ demonstration is to alert the Akufo-Addo led administration “about the barbaric and brutal violence that characterized the conduct’ of the elections “as well as the growing atmosphere of insecurity in the country.”
The Inter-Party Coalition for National Sovereignty are also demanding for proper and speedy investigations into events of last Thursday’s by-election.
“As required by the Public Order Act 1994, Act 491, we wrote to notify the police and have subsequently had a fruitful meeting with the Greater Accra Regional Command. We assured them of our commitment to conduct a very peaceful and non-violent demonstration,” the statement said.
Government sets up committee to investigate Ayawaso West Wuogon violence
Government has established a three-member commission to inquire into the violence that marred last Thursday’s by-election in the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency in Accra.
Former Commissioner for the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Francis Emile Short, chairs the Commission which also includes law professor, Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu and former Inspector-General of Police, Patrick Kwarteng Acheampong.
Private legal practitioner and former Dean of the GIMPA Law School, Dr. Ernest Kofi Abotsi, has also been appointed as Secretary to the Commission, according to a statement issued and signed Wednesday, by Director of Communications for the Presidency, Eugene Arhin.
The statement said the Commission was set up by Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, with the consent of President Nana Akufo-Addo, who is out of the country.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor with additional information from myjoyonline