- The former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Prof. Emmanuel Martey, has condemned the Ayawaso by-election violence
- He said he has little faith in the current criminal investigation system to do any good job in relating to the violence
- Prof Martey called on President Akufo-Addo to act swiftly in ending all vigilantism in Ghana
The former Moderator of the Presby Church, Prof. Emmanuel Martey, has strongly condemned the violence which erupted at the recently-ended Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency marring the by-election.
Martey described the acts of violence as “barbaric” which have “dented our democratic credentials as a nation”.
“Enough is enough! We are not in a jungle state. I join many Ghanaians in totally condemning this barbaric act of violence which has dented our democratic credentials as a nation,” he said.
In a statement signed by Prof Martey and sighted by YEN.com.gh on the Facebook page of John Tagoe, he disclosed that he had the goal of distancing himself from commenting on national issues after handing over smoothly to his successor.
However, he could not restrain himself from commenting on the violent Ayawaso by-election, which according to him amounted to “ridiculing Ghana’s rule of law”.
He decried the rate at which Ghana’s criminal investigation system was functioning now, adding that he had little faith that the system would do any good job in relating to solving the issues around the Ayawaso violence.
Prof. Martey also said security in Ghana has been too politicised, and suggested that those in security agencies must not be controlled by political parties.
“Experience has demonstrated that investigations into such wicked and dastardly acts never see the light of day due to political interference and many people, including myself, have little faith in the current criminal investigation system to do any good job,” Martey lamented.
“Security in this country has been too politicised. Those in security must not be controlled by political parties,” he stressed.
He further called on President Akufo-Addo to act swiftly in ending vigilantism in Ghana; and expressed the hope that the president would support for a speedy investigation into the matter and punish the culprits.
“I call on the President of the nation to act swiftly to end all acts of vigilantism in this country. I want to believe that the President’s support for a speedy investigation into this matter will lead to a conclusive investigation so that the perpetrators of this crime will be punished,” Martey said.
Meanwhile, the president has said the Ayawaso violence was regrettable and tasked the police to investigate the matter and punish whoever was found guilty.
Many people including former president Mahama had condemned the violence which led to some NDC supporters including MP Sam George being assaulted.
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