Former President John Dramani Mahama has warned of dangerous consequences ahead following the government’s rejection of some key recommendations by the Emile Short Commission that probed the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-elections, ABC News can report.
According to him, the government’s whitepaper, could pose dire consequences going into the 2020 general elections.
He said for instance, the government’s rejection of the prosecution of Mohammed Sulemana, the SWAT officer seen on camera assaulting the Ningo-Prampram MP was a case in point.
Mr Mahama made the remarks when some executive members of the Ghana Journalists Association paid a courtesy call on him in Accra on Thursday.
“To believe that Government can say an MP deserves to be slapped because he provoked a security officer is unconscionable. I don’t know by what moral code this judgement is being made but it creates a very bad precedent for us. It means that… anybody can be brutalized by a security officer if he believes that you have provoked him… not even an MP is immune to brutality,” Mr Mahama said.
Mr Mahama, who is also the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress expressed fears that violence that marred the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election would be repeated on a grand scale if drastic measures were not put in place to nib the canker in the bud.
“It is a worry that Ayawaso West Wuogon will be repeated on a larger scale than it did. This was only a by-election but the way things are going and from what we are hearing, it is possible that some sinister force is preparing to wreak violence during the (general) elections and this is something that we must look at,” he said.
Executives of the GJA led by its President, Affail Monney, were at the former president’s office to invite him to the Association’s 70th anniversary and GJA Awards Ceremony.
Mr Mahama reiterated his condemnation of the recent spate of attacks and threats on journalists and called on government to protect them so that they can freely go about their duties without any intimidation or fear.
He also has called on the leadership of the GJA to intensify their campaign against attacks on journalists.
The former President also used the opportunity to congratulate all Ghanaian journalists on the 70th anniversary, paying special tribute to former Presidents of the Association, the late Edward Ameyibor, Karbral Blay Amihere, Gifty Afenyi-Dadzie and all those who contributed to the growth of the GJA.
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