‘Archaic’ Commission of Inquiries can’t solve political violence – Legon’s Alidu Seidu

A senior lecturer at the Political Science Department of University of Ghana,  Dr Seidu Alidu says setting up Commission of Inquiry to investigate matters relating to criminality is “colonial” hence nothing better may come from the  Justice Emil Shorts’s  led Commission, MyNewsgh.com reports.

You may also LIKE:the lies I saw in NDC as an insider made me quit politics — NDC Former National Treasurer

In a response to government’s decision to set up a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the recent incident that happened at Ayawaso West Wuongon by-election he observed that other measures could be used but not necessarily a commission of inquiry.

During the recently held by-election at the Ayawaso West
Wuongon, heavily armed National Security operative shot and wounded several
members of the NDC at the private residence of the NDC candidate.

Six people were shot at the La Baweleshie polling centre
with no death recorded but have been treated and discharged with one said to
have his leg amputated.

The National Democratice Congress (NDC) withdrew from the
contest following the incident.

Speaking in an interview with GBC radio programme Behind the
News last Thursday, the lecturer explained t, “This (Commission of Enquiry) was
used widely during colonial period. When the colonial masters do something that
infringes on the native citizens, a Commission of Enquiry was set up at the eve
of the anger so that by the time the Commission will finish it work the anger
of the people will die virtually and then nothing happens”.

 “Therefore if we look
at the historical antecedents of Commission of Enquiry people will think that
virtually the result, may not work and even if the result work it cannot lead
to prosecution and the crime that was committed with criminal in character”, he

He however commended government for setting up a commission
of Enquiry to investigate the matter.

“Technically speaking, if the commission doesn’t have the
power to prosecute and most of the incident that occur were criminal character,
then I think we are not dancing to the same tune”, he observed.

The Ghana Police Service has also set up a Committee to investigate
the matter according to a statement signed by Assistant Commissioner of Police
ACP Mr David Eklu, Deputy-Director-General of Public Affairs.

The NDC has described the Justice Emil Short Commission as a
smokescreen on the basis of its composition hence they will not appear before
it if invited.

But the political Lecturer Dr. Alidu commenting on the actions of political parties in relation to electoral violence said he doesn’t believe political violence will end.

Also READ: Both NDC and NPP are Thieves, I won’t Work with them-Kofi Wayo

“Because electoral violence are perpetrated by political
parties and political parties are the same people or organization that form
government and where it’s lure to their benefit they won’t see anything wrong
with it and they wouldn’t see why the will not deploy them”.

Source: MyNewsGh.com/Syxtus Eshun/2019

Credit: Source link


Leave a Reply