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A Vote For Impunity!

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In a little over ninety days Ghana would be going to the polls as has been the practice for some years now.

Gradually the politically temperature is heating up with its attendant political issues most of which has to be checked and decisively dealt with before December 7.

On January 31, 2019, a by-election which started peacefully turned violent when masked men purportedly from the National Security Council stormed the La Bawalwshie polling centre assaulted and shot at some supporters of the NDC’s parliamentary candidate, Delali Brempong.

Many others were injured in the violence and following a public outcry, President Akufo-Addo established a committee to investigate the incident.

That committee, led by former Justice Emile Short, following televised interrogation of parties relevant to the incident and made recommendations yet to be implemented by government.

The scourge of impunity reached its peak when the Awutu Senya East Constituency MP, Mavis Hawa Koomson stormed voters’ registration centre in Kasoa in the voter registration exercise.

According to eye witnesses, the shooting follows a misunderstanding.

The Special Development Initiatives Minister told JoyNews that she only fired the gunshots when her life was threatened by some thugs alleged to be affiliated to the opposition NDC.

Again, on June 18 this year some unidentified persons broke into the Orderly Room at the Nima Divisional Police Command and made away with a 32-inch television set and a computer monitor.

To make matter worse, just last week the Odododiodoo MP Nii Lante Vanderpuye was allegedly assaulted by some operatives of the National Security Secretariat.

According to the former Sports Minister, two operatives accompanied by 10 others attacked him in front of the James Town Police station.

He said he had gone to the police station to secure bail for a journalist who had been arrested while working for him.

This paper can continue recounting issues that has happened that nobody was arrested and prosecuted for.

It is our position that as election 2020 draws near, it is important such acts of impunity are dealt with in order to safeguard our security as a nation.

The viscous cycle of what appears to be the silence of duty bearers on such acts of impunity is worrying.

These emboldens others to perpetuate violence on others under the cover of elections- the Ayawao By-Election, the Odododiodoo incident and the Kasoa shooting are classic examples of a country overlooking a lot of things that has to be seriously dealt with.

We at THE NEW PUBLISHER won’t be doomsayers but contingent on these happenings, predictions are that people could have other plans towards the 2020 elections to settle political scores.

When this happens it would be safe to assume that the country of law and order is drifting towards impunity.

It is time for the security agencies to be up and doing because a stitch in time says nine…

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