-Former president Jerry John Rawlings says all murderers in the country should be killed
- Jerry Rawlings was speaking during a courtesy call made on him by family of deceased MP, JB Danquah Adu who was killed at his residence by an assassin
Former president Jerry John Rawlings has called for all incriminated murderers in the country to be executed.
Speaking at a courtesy call made on him by the family of the deceased Member of Parliament JB Danquah Adu, Jerry Rawlings tasked parliament to re-consider matters regarding the death row in Ghana.
“Our constitution empowers us and gives us the right to punish, to exact the same level of punishment and if we cannot do it, to serve as a lesson, to those who are taking others’ lives with ease, then please I’d like to use this occasion – I should have done this a long time ago – to invite parliament to consider the need to look into our constitution as to whether we should not now empower the regional security councils to sign or to approve the taking of a life for a life,” president Rawlings argued.
According to Mr Rawlings, if presidents of Ghana are refusing to sign execution orders of murderers on death row, parliament must relook at the law to decentralize that executive power to make it possible for regional security councils to execute those orders.
The Abuakwa North MP was killed in February 9 at his Shiashie residence in Accra by a self-confessed 19-year-old boy, who is currently standing trial - a development which has attracted severe public outrage especially from political parties and the Ghanaian public.