By: Bismark Bebli
THE NEW Patriotic Party (NPP) has charged the founder of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, to take up the challenge and provide the necessary evidence to the police to unravel the mystery surrounding the murder of 34 women.
According to the NPP, Rawlings must desist from trivialities by requesting for chemical interrogations if he wants the NDC government to get to the bottom of the case.
“If Mr. Rawlings says he knows those who were behind the killings of the women, he should be bold enough to assist the police. We want the nation to get to the bottom of this case, and Rawlings must lead the pack,” said Mr. John Owusu-Afriyie, General Secretary of the NPP, in an interview.
Owusu-Afriyie, who took a swipe at President John Evans Atta Mills over his directive to the police to re-open investigations into the murder of 34 women, and accused him of interfering with the system, said, “Now that the NDC is to investigate the matter, is he going to request for chemical interrogations? If Mr. Rawlings is a man of integrity, and believes in the rule of law, he should muster courage and assist the police.”
According to him, the NPP, as a party, was not against any move to investigate the murder of the 34 women, despite the fact that the previous government, led by Mr. John Agyekum Kufuor, had done a lot to the extent that one Charles Quansah was found guilty.
“If the NDC government thinks otherwise, and wants to free him, fair enough. The NPP is not having anything to hide. We are fully prepared to assist,” he told The Chronicle in an interview.
The NPP General Secretary was of the view that the party’s beef was how the directives came about, indicating that the directive by the President was an indictment on the part of both the Attorney General (A-G) and Minister of Justice, and Inspector General of Police (IGP).
He said if the President had lost confidence in the two, he should fire them, asserting further that, “If you think that the A-G and IGP are incapable of initiating investigative moves, he must fire them. This is an indictment on their part,” he claimed.
Mr. Owusu-Afriyie insisted that by the actions of President Mills, he had interfered with the judicial system.
“We are not against the directives at all. In fact, we have nothing to hide, but our concern is that of the President’s interference. It is the duty of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to direct the police to investigate. It is not the President,” he said.
President John Mills last week, directed the investigative powers to re-open investigations into the controversial murder of 34 women.
During the regime of the NPP, Mr. Rawlings accused some cabinet members of being the brains behind the killings, but declined to mention names.