- Former president Mahama has said condemned government's decision to release the Delta Force 8
- HE's also condemned the dismissal of heads of state institutions
H.E. John Dramani Mahama, Ghana's immediate past president has publicly torn into the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration's decision to release 8 Delta Force Members.
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Addressing party faithfuls in Ashaiman, former president Mahama expressed that the release of the Delta Force 8 - a group affiliated to the ruling NPP - did not speak well for the rule of law in Ghana.
Former President Mahama used the Montie three case that occurred last year as an example, saying that his government allowed space for the rule of law to take place.
“...This government has to focus on addressing and one of those is political vigilantism. We all witnessed what happened when the Montie three case came up ...We allowed the laws to work. They went to court, afterwards they were jailed for more than a month until I exercised my powers as a President to call for their release," said the former head of state.
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Earlier this year at the height of a wave of lawlessness that swept the country, 8 members of the Delta Force group stormed a Kumasi circuit court and freed fellow Delta Force members who had been standing trail there. The move was highly condemned both in Ghana and abroad, with UN representatives in Ghana chiming in on the condemnation.
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After being apprehended, the 8 group members were afterwards released by authorities who said that they lacked the evidence to prosecute the group, an "excuse" many Ghanaians have had difficulty understanding.
The event in Ashaiman was held in order to celebrate the opposition National Democratic Congress's 25th anniversary, it's silver jubilee.
Speaking at the event, former president Mahama also pointed out that when his administration to over the reigns of government they "left" public sector workers alone. He said that the current NPP administration's decision to dismiss heads of public institutions as a bad precedent.
"...potentially government can change in every four years so if another government takes over , it means all those working in the public sector have to be dismissed for a new crop of employees to take over and this is bad for governance.”