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Politics Thu, 14 Feb 2019

Ayawaso violence: Don't mind the noise from NDC - Manhyia North MP

The Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee and Interior, Hon. Collins Owusu Amankwah is urging the committee tasked by the presidency to investigate the electoral violence at the Awayawso West Wuogon Constituency not to the kowtow to whims and caprices of the leading members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

"My little advise for the members on the committee is that they should not listen to anyone particular the noise from the NDC and even those of us in government", the lawmaker spoke on Kumasi-based Angle TV during a panel discussion monitored by this reporter, Kwabena Danso-Dapaah.

"Ghanaians expect them to come out findings that is fair and balance and not one skewed in favour or against any political party, group or individual", Hon. Collins Owusu Amankwah, the ruling New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament (MP) for Manhyia North in Kumasi told host.

This comes after government announced the setting up of a commission to investigate the violence that has left the Minority in Parliament incensed.

The three-member commission is chaired by former Commissioner for the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Francis Emile Short. The other members are law professor, Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu and former Inspector-General of Police, Patrick Kwarteng Acheampong. Private legal practitioner and former Dean of the GIMPA Law School, Dr. Ernest Kofi Abotsi, has also been appointed as Secretary to the Commission, according to a statement issued and signed Wednesday, by Director of Communications for the Presidency, Eugene Arhin.

The commission is expected to:

(a) to make a full, faithful and impartial inquiry into the circumstances of, and establish the facts leading to, the events and associated violence during the Ayawaso West Wuogon By-Election on the 31st day of January 2019;

(b) to identify any person responsible for or who has been involved in the events, associated violence and injuries;

(c) to inquire into any matter which the Commission considers incidental or reasonably related to the causes of the events and the associated violence and injuries; and

(d) to submit within one month its report to the President giving reasons for its findings and recommendations, including appropriate sanctions, if any.

Source: Kwabena Danso-dapaah
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