Former President Mahama has described the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence as the “unconscionable” government’s White Paper on the Short Commission of Inquiry Report.
According to him, by ignoring 60% of its recommendations, the government wasted the time of the commission.
“The Emile short commission was set up and they came out with recommendations and it is the first time in history that I have seen a government reject over 60% of the findings of a commission of inquiry. All the key recommendations have been rejected and it makes nonsense of the whole sitting and I think it was a waste of Justice Emile Short’s time because all that work they did have been thrown out of the window by government. So, the impunity with which violence was perpetrated at Ayawaso has gone unpunished.”
Lamenting the government’s rejection of Ningo Prampram MP’s attack suggestions, Sam George, the former president said a poor precedent was set by the White Paper.
Mr. Mahama made the remarks when the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) leadership appealed to him to invite him to the Association’s 70th anniversary celebrations.
He was confident that the by-election abuse in Ayawaso West Wuogon would not be replicated on a larger scale.
Affail Monney, chairman of the Ghana Journalists Association, also took the opportunity to call on the former president to add his voice to the fight against the journalists ‘ attack.
According to him, the recent attacks on reporters in the forthcoming general elections for 2020 may be signs of more physical assaults.
The president of the GJA also encouraged the former president to use his power to alert his supporters and the general public not to threaten reporters and encourage free and fair election coverage.