Pressure group, Coalition for National Sovereignty (CNS), has announced plans to embark on persistent protests against the Akufo-Addo-led government until the administration wakes up to reality and become sensitive to the numerous plights of suffering Ghanaians.
The Coalition indicated it has started preparations for public manifestation of mass actions to be held in Takoradi on 25th June in the Western Region and afterwards in Kumasi,the Ashanti regional capital on 25th July.
Convener for the CNS, Comrade Bernard Mornah, disclosed this Wednesday afternoon at a press conference on the disturbing state of insecurity and attacks on media freedom.
According to him, the carelessness and insensitivity of the Akufo-Addo government to media freedom portend clear and present danger to security and has potential for chaotic undermining of Ghana’s young democracy.
The President, he said, needs to be reminded peace once lost can never be restored. He stressed no country has ever been able to recover completely the state of peace once it was lost.
“Peace is not only the absence of war but also the presence of rule of law actualized in the equal, fair and egalitarian treatment of all persons,” he said.
“Ghana is in a state of fear. People are insecure. Wives, women and girls are being raped, market women are being robbed, husbands are being shot to death by contract killers and party-militia clothed in state security regalia are visiting mayhem on Ghanaians.”
“And our children are being kidnapped. Till date, the Takoradi kidnapped girls continue to be out of coverage area and their families and loved ones have only received empty assurances from government.”
Mr. Mornah recounted the grisly assassination of investigative journalist, Ahmed Suale and the hounding of Manasseh Azure and Edward Adeti for exposing the government as signs of a very troubled and degenerating country.
According to him, people are today compelled to constantly look over their shoulders while in town to be sure they are being trailed because no day or week passes without reports of a murder, robbery or kidnapping.
He argued that the helplessness and hopelessness with which the Criminal Investigations Department, the Bureau of National Investigations and other security agencies look on makes it more frightening.
He warned that the peace and stability of the country rests on government’s commitment to unbiased investigations and indicated that on 7th February, 2019 the Coalition presented a petition to the President during the ‘Aagbe Wo’ demonstration, in which it recounted the violent attacks and brutalities carried out in Ayawaso West Wuogon during the by-election and the need to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators.
The full text of Mr. Mornah’s statement is reproduced below;
Good day Ladies and Gentleman, you are welcome to Rawlings Park, in Accra.
On behalf of the Coalition for National Sovereignty, I extend to you very warm greetings. We are indeed gratified with the increasing support you have rendered to the Coalition since its inception in 2018.
We have invited you today to share our thoughts on some disturbing happenings relating to insecurity and the wanton attacks on free speech and media freedom. These acts of carelessness and insensitivity of the Akufo-Addo government to media freedom portend a clear and present danger to our state of security and has a potential of chaotic destabilization of our young democracy.
On this note, we are recalling the pain and anguish of Ace journalist Ahmed Suale, who died in the line of duty. May he Rest in Perfect Peace. In addition, may the haunted souls of Manasseh Azure and that of Edward Adeti find divine preservation and safety in our troubled Ghana.
Furthermore, ladies and gentlemen of the press, we wish to assure you of our support and solidarity in this difficult time of unwarranted attacks on free speech and media freedom in Ghana.
It is also important that we remind President Akufo-Addo that, peace once lost can never be restored. Indeed, no country has ever been able to recover the state of peace that was once lost.
Peace is not only the absence of war, but also the presence of rule of law actualized in the equal, fair and egalitarian treatment of all persons.
Ghana is in a state of fear. People are insecure. Wives, women and girls are being raped, market women are being robbed, husbands are being shot to death by contract killers, and party-militia clothed in state security regalia are visiting mayhem on Ghanaians.
And our children are being kidnapped. Till date, the Takoradi kidnapped girls continue to be out of coverage area and their families and loved ones have only received empty assurances from government.
In Ghana today, many people walk around in town while constantly looking over their shoulders to be sure they are not being trailed. There is no day or week that we have not heard of murder, robbery and kidnap cases. It makes it more scarier to note that, the CID, BNI and other Security Agencies look on, hopelessly and helplessly, unable to nip this canker in the bud.
Whiles we have not recovered from the trauma, violence and brutalities in Ayawaso West Wuogon, perpetrated by the goons and militia at the Presidency, who work under the command of the National Security; the Ghana Police Service and the government are yet to bring the culprits found in this matter to book. We simply cannot understand why the culprits in the Ayawaso West Wuogon violence have still not been arrested, investigated and prosecuted, even after the Emile Short Commission submitted its report to President Akufo-Addo.
Ladies and Gentlemen, in our petition to the President on 7th February, 2019 delivered at the Flagstaff House after our historic AAGBE WO demonstration through the principal streets of Accra, we recounted how these violent attacks and brutalities were led by burly-masked and helmeted men dressed in armored police fatigues and uniforms, driving in state security (“POLICE SWAT”) branded vehicles, and armed to the teeth with heavy guns, pistols, catapults, chains and combat knives, and with uniforms with “NSC”, written on them.
We chronicled the following;
- On the morning of the elections at the LA Bawaleshie School Park, Hon. Sam George, Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, was viciously attacked and beaten up by masked “security men” dressed in full security regalia and riding in Police branded vehicles in the full view of properly identified policemen present.
- On the same morning, the residence of the Parliamentary Candidate of the NDC, Delali-Kwasi Brempong, was stormed by same incognito “security personnel” who visited mayhem on the people who had gathered there and inflicted several rounds of gunshot wounds on innocent citizens who had gathered there.
- On account of the brutalities at La Bawaleshie, over 23 innocent citizens sustained serious injuries, including gun-shot wounds. One of whom is still bed ridden after he received a serious leg injury which may cause him his leg.
- An engineer was clubbed down into pulp and was rendered temporarily unconscious.
These reports were in spite of several other reports of widespread intimidation and violence. Equity Freedom Solidarity Social Justice
Due to our belief that, the peace and stability of this nation rests on the government’s commitment to unbiased investigations into the impasse, we demanded an immediate resignation of the Inspector General of Police, COP Asante Appeatu for losing complete control of the Police service, to the extent that properties and equipment of the service were used in such a terror operation sanctioned by another security agency with or without his knowledge. Here we stand vindicated in so many respects. A few examples will suffice.
After refusing to resign, 5 months on, the culprits are walking free and the victims with their families have been subjected to unending sorrow, misery and economic hardship since most of the victims have been rendered incapacitated.
Worst of all, the Director of CID who is supposed to show concern to the plight of the women whose children and husbands have been affected, has been turned in to an errand girl for the Government and to undertake the NPPs dirty works.
Incidentally, the COP Tiwaa Addo Danquah led CID, is now a conduit for needless political persecution of the opponents of the Akufo-Addo government. There has been widespread and large scale selective application of the law in most instances.
For example, Honourable Kennedy Adjepong, NPP MP for Assin Central constituency, openly requested the general public to attack and deal with Journalist Ahmed Suale, wherever they find him for a ransom. Few months later, the gentleman was murdered in cold blood in what has been described as contract killing. Yet prime suspect Kennedy Adjepong walks free.
Yet the Chairman of a major opposition party, has been arrested and arraigned before court for a very disputed and fictitious tape recording and as if that was not enough, he has been invited once again over the same useless allegation relating to same frivolous disputed tape recording of which legal prosecution has commenced. We believe this is a grand scheme by the Akufo-Addo government to intimidate, frustrate and distract his opponents from pursuing the plight of the masses.
COP Tiwaa herself is a veritable candidate for investigations on account of what has become KNOWN as the A-PLUS-TIWAA tape. Her claim that the tape is doctored cannot absolve her of the crime of concealment and abetment. She is a walking culprit.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, we state as a matter of importance that, such unlawful persecution of political opponents will not be tolerated by the Coalition, as it must remain in the past where it belongs. Indeed, any attempt by the Ghana Police to continue on this path of persecuting the National Chairman of the NDC, must be condemned by all well-meaning Ghanaians.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is very disappointing to note that, beyond the series of statements by the President’s personal Prophet, Rev. Owusu Bempah, relating to who killed Ahmed Suale and where the three kidnapped Takoradi girls are, he is still not an interested candidate for thorough investigations. Yet Akufo-Addo’s bastardized Ghana Police Service led by this same COP Asante Apeatu and COP Tiwaa Addo Danquah has the effrontery to be harassing political opponents over frivolous allegations.
Ladies and Gentlemen, fellow countrymen, is this fair? Surely, this makes mockery of justice and fairness.
In a sharp display of monumental contradiction, when a journalist of XYZ FM, Salifu Mugabe Maase, admonished a colleague journalist to be careful, because his life could be a subject of incessant death threats and attacks following his investigative work into the secret operations of the NPP militia at the seat of the Presidency, he was speedily arrested and arraigned before court. What kind of selective injustice is this?
As we speak Manasseh Azure, a journalist at Joy FM has just returned to Ghana after seeking asylum in a foreign country where he was on a self-imposed exile occasioned by the attacks and threats on his life by government operatives.
It is Bob Marley who asked, “How long shall they kill our prophets, while we stand aside and look?” Verily, verily I say unto you, we shall not stand aside and look! We cannot sit unconcern for these imperialist elements to attack our journalists, whiles we sit aside and look. Never!
Ladies and gentlemen of the Press, we also wish to condemn the Rambo style closure of Radio gold and XYZ; while the Council of Elders of the NDC was holding a live press conference to decry the harassment, intimidation and selective justice against its National Chairman, Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo. You may recall that, the live show was truncated midstream in a Rambo style, like an American War movie.
We in the Coalition for National Sovereignty believe this constitutes a clear attempt to mutilate press freedom and muscle free speech. We shall remain in solidarity with you – the media fraternity and the Free Media Vanguard as you demand not only for the restoration of the closed stations, but also for the enjoyment of unrestrained and unrestricted operation of the media, without any influence from government.
Furthermore, the Coalition serves notice that we have started our public manifestation of mass actions and we shall be in Takoradi on 25th June, 2019 in the Western Region and subsequently in Kumasi, Ashanti Region on 25th July, 2019.
We shall announce the escalation of these demonstrations to other regions until the Akufo-Addo government wakes up to the reality and become sensitive to the numerous plights of the suffering people of Ghana.
Ghana deserves better and not unprecedented insecurity.
Ghana deserves better and not unwarranted harassment of political opponents.
Ghana deserves better and not an 18th Century Culture of Silence.
Ghana deserves better and not unprecedented economic hardship.
Ghana deserves better; not invigorated tyrannical rule.
Long Live Ghana
Long Live the Coalition For National Sovereignty
Victoria ê certa!!