Ayawaso Violence: Total Disgrace To Gov’t – Goosie Tanoh
A presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Goosie Tanoh has described the violence that constituted at the Ayawaso-West By Election as a disgrace to the Akufo Addo’s administration.
The visibly worried Goosie Tanoh said the violence is not only an indictment on Ghana’s democratic dispensation but an affront to the country’s rules and laws and called on the national security agencies to immediately bring perpetrators of this gruesome act to book.
Speaking in an interview with Bernard Avle on Citi Breakfast Show on Citi FM ahead of the National Democratic Congress Flagbearership Election scheduled for February 23, 2019 Mr. Tanoh condemned the perpetrators and stated that they will definitely pay for their actions and uncultured behaviours.
Mr. Tanoh said the violence is “dangerous for the future of our democracy and the peace and security of our people if such acts of lawlessness are allowed to continue without severe punishment,”
According to him, very little attempt was being made to prevent violence by agents of the leading political forces within the country and stressed the need for all and sundry to join in the fight against political violence and vigilantism.
Armed men clothed in National Security apparel stormed the residence of the NDC candidate, Delali Kwesi Brempong and allegedly attacking him and his supporters during the by-election.
Eyewitnesses say the men engaged in a shooting spree, injuring at least six persons.
The Minister of State in charge of National Security, Bryan Acheampong has admitted deploying the men as part of an operation, he did not disclose. The men have, however, been accused of being members of the governing NPP affiliated vigilante group, Invincible forces.
Government subsequently set up a commission of enquiry chaired by former Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Emile Short to probe the violence.
The commission has just a month to finish the investigations and present its report.