Be bold to punish corrupt appointees – Mahama tells Akufo-Addo

Flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress NDC, John Dramani Mahama, has admonished President Akufo-Addo to be bold to sanction any appointee who engages in corrupt practice.

According to him, the Good people of Ghana needs an honest and truthful leader at this crucial time where the country is heading to elections.

“As we go to the polls in 2020, President Nana Akufo-Addo has a responsibility to secure the safety of all citizens and must resist the temptation to allow the use of violence to harm and intimidate innocent civilians as we observed last year during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.”

“On my part, I will continue to work for peace and I urge the President to do the same and as a first step, I suggest he stops shielding the perpetrators of the violence at Ayawaso West Wuogon. He must have them face the appropriate sanctions,” said the former President in his new year message to Ghanaians.

A by election that took place at Ayawaso West Wugon was saddled with violence a situation, which saw the NDC withdrew ING from the contest.

Some masked men wearing T- Shirts with the inscription ‘NSC’ which translates as the National Security Council of which the president heads stormed the election ground beating civilians who resisted violence and also causing fear for members of the NDC to come out and vote for their candidate.

After the incident, President Akufo-Addo set up a committee.

The Emile Short Commission of Inquiry was taksed to look into the case and bring out the truth of the matter as to what led to the violence, the culprits involved and recommendations.

The Commission took testimonies of principal witnesses in the matter including the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George; the Commander of the National Security SWAT team, DSP Samuel Azugu; and the then NDC Parliamentary candidate, Delali Kwasi Brempong.

The Commission interviewed over 20 other witnesses and persons of interest over a three-week period.

The commission after it Investigations, presented it report to the president but the reported was rejected with reasons such as ‘the report failed to address the first and most critical of the terms of reference of the Commission.”

“The failure to do so disables government from accepting in whole the findings of the commission,” the White Paper had said.