In his immediate criticism of President Akufo-State Addo’s of the Nation Address, Haruna Iddrisu, the Parliament’s Minority Leader described the President’s silence on those killed in the 2020 election as a major weakness in the address.
Describing it as ‘conspicuous,’ Haruna Iddrisu condemned President Akufo-inability Addo’s to capture the death of five people in the final address of his first term of office.
“This honorable house would like to thank the President for his message on the state of the nation…. Mr. President, we are leaving our broken democracy in your hands. Significantly missing in your speech is the loss of life in Techiman and other areas of Ghana,” said Minority Leader.
The same sentiment was shared by Professor Ransford Gyampo, political science lecturer, who criticized President Akufo-Addo for ignoring election-related deaths in his address.
“The speech just after our election, which witnessed some deaths, should have included a commentary on the unnecessary loss of life, commission with the family of the departed, as well as a vow and commitment to resolve violations of the law, with a view to preventing the recurrence of such unjustified deaths in any future election,” reads part of Gyampo’s declaration.
While the above-mentioned political figures shudder to understand why President Akufo-Addo is turning a blind eye to an issue of this nature, Joseph Osei Owusu, the First Deputy Speaker gave a probable reason for the President’s conduct.
In an interview with TV3 on the sidelines of the case, the Bekwai Member of Parliament compared the victims of the Techiman South shooting incident to armed robbers gunned down by the police.
Joe Wise, as he is known in the political circles, said in his justification that the President exercised sound discretion by remaining silent on the matter.
“The president should stay out, let the investigators determine what happened, but I don’t think it’s fair to insist that because someone died, even if he was in the process of committing a crime, it’s going to be a matter, no, I beg to be different.”
“I don’t think it’s fair for people to refer to an incident without going back, what happened? Should the President just talk about a crime that doesn’t matter if a criminal is shot? “He asked.
When asked if it was okay for the President not to give a message of condolence to the victim’s family, Joe Wise asked, “Do we commit to the families of armed robbers we shoot?” ”.
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