Rawlings visit Ayawaso victims, cautions against violence

Rawlings visit Ayawaso victims, cautions against violence

Former president, Jerry John Rawlings, has visited victims who got injured resulting from violent clashes at La Bawaleshie during the Ayawaso by-election.

In addition to his visit, Rawlings cautioned perpetrators of violence, noting that they will pay for their actions.

The former president noted that very little attempt was being made to prevent violence by agents of the leading political forces within the country.

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Speaking after a visit to the 37 Military Hospital on Monday, February 4, 2019 to visit Yaro Ishawu, one of the victims of the La Bawaleshie shooting incident, Rawlings expressed his worry over the happenings.

“By our actions and omissions, especially after 2008 we contributed immensely to laying the bed we now find ourselves in," he said.

“We are not doing enough to contain and prevent the use of violence from without but also from within our own,” he noted.

Yaro Ishawu was hit by a bullet when armed men believed to be national security operatives stormed the residence of the NDC aspirant for the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election while the election was underway.

Six people were injured and sent to the Legon Hospital, but Ishawu who suffered a broken leg was subsequently referred to the 37 Military Hospital.

Meanwhile aspiring presidential candidate of the NDC, John Mahama in response to the violent incident said that the NDC will be ready to fight boot for boot with the NPP.

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He noted that if such violence continues in the 2020 general elections, the NDC would be forced to respond with violence as well.

Mahama's comments were not taken lightly by the ruling NPP and some civil society institutions.

They called on John Mahama to apologize for his comments, claiming that his comments were detrimental to Ghana's peace.

The CHRAJ boss, Joseph Whittal, on the other hand has jumped to Mahama's defense, saying that the calls for him to apologize are unfair.

He said instead, the National Security should apologize for the incident.

READ ALSO: Akufo-Addo apologises to disabled community over recent controversial comment

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