Former President John Dramani Mahama says the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will ensure all compensations due to victims of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence are duly compensated when voted into office.
At a meeting with former President John Dramani Mahama, the victims of the shooting incident said none of them had received any payment from the government.
The spokesperson for the victims, Abdul-Razak Garba bemoaned that the victims and their families are struggling as a result of the painful experience.
“The victims and their families have still not been compensated for the harm caused them, despite the recommendation by the Emile Short Commission.”
He recounted how some of the assaulted victims went through life-altering experiences with some scheduled for more surgeries, some incapacitated for life, another suffering stroke and one person died as a result of internal bleeding caused by gun-shot wounds.
Mr Garba extended the group’s appreciation to John Mahama for his compassion and for paying for the cost of all their treatment, including major surgeries.
President Mahama in his remarks extended his sympathies to the victims and their families. He also pledged to continue to support the members in any way that he can but stressed that the state must compensate the victims as recommended.
Mr Mahama expressed shock at “the level of impunity” that he said, “continues to define the Akufo-Addo and Bawumia government,” adding that “impunity when unchecked leads to unrestrained violence and that is why the killings of innocent Ghanaians at Ejura and Techiman happened.”
He promised that “no matter how long it would take, the NDC would pursue every possible means to ensure that those who committed the crimes are punished and all compensations due to the victims fully paid.”
”Ghana must not forget about what happened,” he added.
The Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election
The NDC withdrew from the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election following a shooting incident at the polls.
Some masked men were caught on camera beating up civilians who did not resist arrest. The men, fully armed, were also seen in the company of some police officers.
The government subsequently set up a committee to probe the incident.
The Emile Short Commission of Inquiry was, among other things, mandated “to make a full, faithful and impartial inquiry into the circumstances of, and establish the facts leading to the events and associated violence that occurred during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.”
The Commission took testimonies of principal witnesses in the matter including the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George; the Commander of the National Security SWAT team, DSP Samuel Azugu; and the then NDC Parliamentary candidate, Delali Kwasi Brempong.
The Commission interviewed over 20 other witnesses and persons of interest over three weeks.
The commission after its investigation presented its report to the President.
The Emile Short Commission, among other things, recommended that victims of the violence should be paid compensation for the harm they suffered.
A number of the recommendations were rejected by the government in its White Paper.