Mahama jabs government for doing nothing about Short Commission’s recommendations

Mahama jabs government for doing nothing about Short Commission’s recommendations

- John Mahama has criticized the Akufo-Addo government’s rejection of recommendations from the Emile Short Commission

- He opined that government appears to approve of the lawless assault on innocent civilians

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer for election 2020, John Dramani Mahama has expressed his disappointment and shock at the NPP government for dismissing 60% of the Emile Short Commission’s recommendation.

The former president said government’s rejection of most of the key recommendations of the Ayawaso West Wuogon commission’s recommendation is “unconscionable”.

The Emile short commission was set up and they came out with recommendations and it is the first time in history that I have seen a government reject over 60% of the findings of a commission of inquiry."

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"All the key recommendations have been rejected and it makes nonsense of the whole sitting and I think it was a waste of Justice Emile Short’s time because all that work they did have been thrown out of the window by government. So, the impunity with which violence was perpetrated at Ayawaso has gone unpunished,” he told the GIJ delegation that paid a courtesy call on him.

Mr. Mahama also noted that government by its stance on the recommendations appears to approve of the lawless assault on innocent civilians.

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 judgment is being made but it creates a very bad precedent for us,” he added.

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Meanwhile, the President of the Journalists Association, Affail Monney, also used the opportunity to call on the former president to use his office to support journalists and add his voice to the fight against assault on journalists.

The GIJ also invited that NDC leader to the 70th anniversary celebrations of the association. earlier reported that Ghana's First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has commissioned a newly-refurbished maternity home in the heart of the capital, Accra.

The Osu Government Maternity Home was renovated and refurbished for the first time by the Rebecca Foundation after 89-years.

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