Wuogon by-poll: Clarify B. Acheampong’s role – Short C’ssion report

The Justice Emile Short Commission that investigated the violence that marred the Ayawaso West-Wuogon by-election on Thursday, 31 January 2019, has recommended that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo clarify the role of the Minister of State in charge of National Security at the Presidency, Mr Bryan Acheampong...


The Justice Emile Short Commission that investigated the violence that marred the Ayawaso West-Wuogon by-election on Thursday, 31 January 2019, has recommended that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo clarify the role of the Minister of State in charge of National Security at the Presidency, Mr Bryan Acheampong.

“The Minister of State appointed at the Presidency to the Ministry of National Security should have a clearly delineated role with responsibilities indexed to that of the substantive sector minister. This should establish a clear chain of command and the circumstance under which he or she can act in the absence of the substantive minister,” the Commission recommended in its report, excerpts of which ClassFMonline.com is privy to.

The Commission also recommended that the SWAT team of the National Security Council Secretariat that beat up unarmed civilians on the day of the by-election, should be disbanded and suggested that: “The support for special operations should be sought from the specialised units of the police directly, as and when necessary.”

The three-member also recommended that there be “intelligence sharing between relevant agencies where an operation would entail or necessitate inter-agency cooperation” such as by-elections, among others.

The Short Commission started its public hearings at the Christiansborg Castle, Osu, Accra on 14 February 2019 and submitted its report on 14 March 2019.

Other members of the commission are Mrs Henrietta Mensah Bonsu, legal luminary and jurist; and Mr Patrick K. Acheampong, a former Inspector General of Police. Dr Ernest Kofi Abotsi, a former Dean of the Faculty of Law, GIMPA and a private legal practitioner, served as Secretary to the Commission.

The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) recently called on the government to make the report public.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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