The former president, John Dramani Mahama has taken a political swipe at the Akufo-Addo’s led administration on the Ejura killings enquiry.
The NDC leader and the 2020 Presidential candidate made the statement when he held a meeting with the NDC executives in the Ashanti region.
Mr Mahama, who is currently in the Ashanti region for his “Thank you tour” met with the party executives and touched on a number of issues, his vision for the party and as well as election 2024 in the Ejura Sekyere-Odumase.
Amongst the issues he raised is the Ejura killings which took a toll on the country some months back. Addressing his party faithfuls, Mr Mahama chided the Government not to outlook the recommendations being made by the Ejura Commission of Enquiry.
In his remarks, he said, “I have heard the Ejura commission of enquiry report will be out soon and I pray that it doesn’t go the way the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence did.
All the recommendations that was made by the Ayawaso commission of enquiry, about 60-70 percent of it wasn’t taken into consideration. They didn’t do anything with it and so we are waiting on what they would do with this recommendation as well”. He stated.
He further stressed his assertions on operations of security agencies in the country, saying, “ For me, the video I watched, looking at how the country is, if there’s demonstration and there has to be chaos, the first security apparatus we call on is the police, just in case they (police) couldn’t handle it then we call in the military, but with what I saw, the military was the first security deployment at the scene and they began shooting sporadically at the crowd, killing innocent people. May their souls rest in peace and those who sustained various degrees of injuries” he lamented.
Moving further, Mr Mahama also questioned why the medical superintendent for the Ejura hospital should be transferred from his hospital to a community health center.
According to him, he was hoping that the medical superintendent be awarded and the nurses at the Ejura hospital be awarded for saving many more lives from the shooting by the joint military-police team during the chaotic scene that erupted in Ejura.
“Whilst I was coming, I heard rumours that the medical superintendent for the Ejura hospital has been reassigned from the hospital which is a major hospital in the Ashanti region”. During the the commissions of enquiry, I heard he was summoned to testify; is that the reason why he’s been reassigned?” He quizzed.
In his assertions, Mr Mahama also raised concerns that, he hopes the medical superintendent is not being punished and reprimanded for testifying at the enquiry.
Speaking to Kwame Koranteng on Anɔpa Dawuro on Republic Fm, on 13th September, 2021, reporter Kwasi Agyemang maintained that, the former president has arrived in the Ashanti region to embark on his “ Thank you tour” with Ejura being his first destination for the tour.
Report also has it that, John Mahama visited the families of the deceased persons who lost their lives to accident during his 2020 Presidential campaign in which some supporters whom were bused to meet him in his Ashanti region campaign trail had a tragic accident, losing six persons instantly.
Mr Mahama at that time, called off his campaign and returned to Accra.
Akwasi Agyemang further maintained that, Mr Mahama donated Ghc50,000 cedis to the affected persons. The NDC leader, through their national chairman, Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo requested that, the victims who also sustained various injuries, and had their legs and arms being amputated be taken to capital to have plastic surgery done on the affected parts.
On Tuesday, June 29th, 2021, a group of an aggrieved Ghanaian residents at Ejura in the Ashanti region took to the principal streets, staged demonstration, and demanding justice for one Mohammed Kaaka, a resident of Ejura and a social media activist for the fix the country campaigners who was murdered by unknown assailants.
In the course of the demonstration, a joint military-police team were deployed to douse the aggressive demonstrators but the unfortunate happened, report say, the security officers opened fire at the protesters in which five people lost their lives.