The bereaved families of victims of the July 2018 Asawase Zongo killings, would today, March 7, 2019, receive their compensation from the government.
The Minister for Inner-Cities and Zongo Development, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, is expected to disburse an amount of GHc 1.7 million to families of the seven young men killed by police at Manso-Nkwanta in the Ashanti Region in July 2018.
The presentation of the money is in fulfillment of the president's promise made at the Zongo for Peace and Development Conference held in Kumasi in January 2019.
The president pledged a total of Ghc 1.7 million as compensation for the families and said he would ensure that justice was served.
While the bereaved families of the victims commended the president’s decision to offer compensation, they also asked the state to ensure that the police officers found culpable are punished.
A seven-member government committee tasked to investigate the shooting incident found no evidence to suggest that the seven persons who were shot and killed by a police patrol team were armed robbers as the police claimed.
The killings on July 7, 2018, triggered outrage and anger in Zongo communities in Kumasi with residents insisting on the innocence of the seven.
There was some agitation within the Zongo community due to the delay in the release of the report.
21 police officers found to be involved in the killings were recommended for interdiction by the police administration according to a Ministry of Information statement.
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