The Founding President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, has urged President Akufo-Addo to reject reasons given in the government White Paper for rejecting the Short Commission’s recommendation to prosecute the National Security operative who slapped a Member of Parliament during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence.
In a Facebook post, Franklin Cudjoe noted that the decision has the tendency to raise unnecessary electoral tension.
The violence which broke out in one polling station during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election in January, saw a National Security operative slapping Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Sam Nartey George.
The three-member Short Commission which investigated the violence recommended that the operative, Mohammed Sulemana, must be prosecuted.
But the government in its White Paper has rejected the recommendation noting that the facts presented by the commission supported “a valid defence of provocation for the said assault
[by Mohammed Sulemana]
The government disagreed with the commissions finding that “there is a lack of clarity of responsibility and roles as well as lines of reporting”.
Franklin Cudjoe is however of the view that this decision will embolden political actors to defend themselves in such altercations, a situation which will give the perfect excuse for “the proliferation of millions of guns in idle hands”.
He also noted that this decision if accepted by the president “has the propensity to render all the efforts invested in the vigilante law quite frankly, meaningless”.
He, therefore, wants the president to reject the reasons given in the White Paper.