The government says the Emile Short Commission which investigated the violence which characterized the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election failed to address its main terms of reference.
“The Report failed to address the first and most critical of the terms of reference which was to make full, faithful and impartial inquiry into the circumstances of, and establish the facts, leading to the events and associated violence that occurred in the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election in the 31st Day of January 2019,” government said in its White paper on the report.
The Commission, which was chaired by the former head of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Francis Emile Short, made several recommendations for which it expects the government to act upon.
But the government appears to be the lease enthused about the recommendation.
The White paper said the government rejects the recommendation that the National Security Officer who assaulted Ningo Prampram MP Sam George should be prosecuted.
It said there was enough justifiable reasons for the attack on the lawmaker.
However, the Ningo Prampram MP in a very terse response quoted Psalm 109:8b as his response to the posture of the government.
The outspoken legislator quoted Psalm 109:8b, saying he could only resort to scripture and pray for the President [Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo].
The Psalm quoted by the Ningo-Prampram MP, who is also known as Dzata, reads: let another take his office.
It is unclear what the MP who nearly lost his seat to his competitor in the NDCs just ended parliamentary primaries wishes Nana Addo whom the preceding paragraph of that same quotation said “may his day be few”.
According to Sam George, the government White Paper reinforces his long-held position that the dastardly acts of January 31, had the tacit approval of those who occupy the highest office of the land.
Mohammed Sulemana who slapped the MP is to face criminal prosecution “for the offence of assault, to wit, slapping Mr Samuel George.”
Mohammed Sulemana was one of two persons seen in the viral video as the NDC MP cowed under the heavy frame of the operative who has not been arrested or charged although he has been identified.
The national security operative apologised for slapping the opposition MP in March when he appeared before the Short Commission.
Mr Sulemana told the Commission he has regretted his action on that fateful day on January 31, 2019.