NPP MPs Want Rawlings, Kufuor Probed
Some Majority Members of Parliament (MPs) have filed a motion asking the House to investigate instances of electoral violence by the security agencies which had resulted in injuries and loss of lives. The members want the House to delve into the issues starting from the year 1993.
This means elections conducted during the reign of the late President Jerry John Rawlings and his successor John Agyekum Kufuor are all going to be probed.
The MP for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, the MP for Nsawam-Adoagyir, Frank Annor Dompreh, MP for Abuakwa South, Samuel Atta Akyea, and MP for Akwapim South, Osei Bonsu Amoah, are the four who filed the motion in the House yesterday.
The quartet also want the House to investigate the ethnic, gender, regional and other sectional backgrounds of persons recruited into the forces since January 1993.
Their aim is for the House to establish the level of ethnic, regional and gender balance in the recruitment and appointment to such public offices, and make appropriate recommendations.
The motion was triggered by a similar one filed earlier by six members of the Minority side of the House. They include the MP for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu; MP for Asawase, Mohammed Mubarak-Muntaka; MP for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga; MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa; MP for Tamale North, Suhuyini Alhassan Sayibu, and MP for Builsa North, James Algalga.
The Minority group want the House to investigate the recruitment practices of the state security agencies of Ghana, during the period 2013 and 2020, and to establish the levels of transparency and fairness of those practices, and make consequential recommendations.
They also want the House to investigate the inappropriate interferences by members of the state security agencies of Ghana in the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections of 2020.
The group want the House to particularly investigate the violence perpetrated against citizens, causing injuries and leading to loss of lives in the 2020 elections.
It would be recalled that the police, after the elections in 2020, said there were dozens of incidents of violence.
In a press release, the police confirmed that some people died as a result of election violence.
In the Greater Accra Region, Ibrahim Abass, from the Ablekuma Central Constituency, met his untimely death, whilst 15-year-old Rita Otoo and Emmanuel Dompreh, who are both from the Odododiodoo Constituency, also suffered the same fate.
In the Bono East Region, Tajudeen Alhassan, a 39-year-old driver, and 18-year-old Abdallah, an electrician, who are all from the Techiman South Constituency, also died from election related violence.
Samira Zakaria, a Primary Four pupil in the Northern Region, also met her untimely death at the National Democratic Congress (NDC) party office in the Savelugu Constituency. Samira was hit by a stray bullet.
The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, a few days after the incident called on President Akufo-Addo to ensure that people are made to answer for the deaths of these citizens.
The Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, had also indicated that he was going to deal with persons found culpable in electoral violence.
He revealed at the time that investigations were ongoing to apprehend the perpetrators of the heinous crime.