The Justice Emile Short commission set up by President Akufo Addo to investigate the violence that erupted during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by – election on the last day of January, this year, will end its public hearing today, Thursday, 7 March 2019. This was contained in a statement by the Commission.
The statement also said there will be a brief meeting with the press at the end of the sitting “for concluding comments on the Inquiry”, which “will also be a forum to answer questions posed to the Commissioners and officers of the Commission.”
Meanwhile, the Commission’s spokesperson, Katherine Woode has said that the commission may not require an extension. According to her, the three – member Commission has discharged its duties creditably so far.
Speaking in a in a radio interview with Accra based Citifm, Katherine Woode said: “the commission has done the best that it can within all the circumstances to go according to the mandate set by President Akufo – Addo to ensure that this is a free, fair and impartial collation of information in order to give him its recommendation. It is the intention that there will be no extension.”
Since it began its hearing, the Emile Short led Commission has brought before it, a number of principal witnesses in the matter including the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George (who was a victim of assault during the clash on the day of election); Commander of the National Security SWAT team DSP Samuel Azugu; and NDC Parliamentary candidate Delali Kwasi Brempong.
The Interior Minister Ambrose Dery, Minister of National Security Albert Kan-Dapaah, Minister of State in charge of National Security at the Presidency, Bryan Acheampong, Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante Apeatu, have all appeared before the Commission.
Other persons who have also gone before the Commission are; Jean Mensah, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, DSP Abena Benewaa, East Legon District Crime Officer, Director of Operations at National Security, Colonel Michael Opoku and Bright Ernest Akomeah, popularly known as Double, and a National Security operative.
Individuals from institutions and the media, including Security Analyst with the Kofi Annan Peace Keeping and Training Centre, Dr. Kwesi Aning, Joy FM’s Evans Mensah, Bernard Koku Avle of Citi FM and Paul Adom Otchere of Metro TV have all been invited to assist with testimonies to help the Commission’s work.
Meanwhile, some victims of the Ayawaso West Wuogon clash are expected before the Commission today.
The government set up the Commission to investigate the shooting incident by some national security operatives that led to the injury of several NDC supporters at the party’s parliamentary candidate’s private residence at La-Bawaleshie on 31 January 2019 during the by-election.