President John Dramani Mahama has been cited for complicity over ?violence begets violence? comments made by the Interior Minister, Mark Owen Woyongo.
The Member of Parliament for Nkoranza North and Deputy Ranking Member for the Defense & Interior Committee of Parliament, Major (rtd) Derek Oduro, in a statement described the comments as ?a threat to the country?s internal security.?
It will be recalled that on a Kumasi based Radio Network, Ultimate FM, Mr. Woyongo tried to downplay the violence that occurred during the Talensi by-elections and noted that, the attacks by the Azorka Boys, a group aligned to the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) was as a result of a provocation by thugs from the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The election which was as a result of the resignation of then Member of Parliament, Robert Nachinab Mosore saw the NDC?s candidate, Benson Tongo Baba clinching back the seat which eluded the ruling party during the 2012 polls.
Domestic Elections Observer, CODEO gave the Electoral Commission high marks for the elections which was nearly marred by works of thugs and assailants working for both the NDC and the NPP.
In a subsequent interview after the elections, the Minister of Interior under whose jurisdiction, the country?s internal security lay sought to finger the NPP?s Bolga Bull Dogs and Invisible Forces for provoking the Azorka Boys which led to the clashes resulting in some injuries and loss of properties.
However, Major Derek Oduro is questioning the Minister?s justification of such lawlessness.
?The Minister?s apparent justification of the bestial conduct of the Azorka gangsters including their assault on the police whose only crime was to stop the marauding hoodlums from causing mayhem is, to say the least very unfortunate and very provocative. The question to ask is, who bussed the Azorka boys to Talensi? Did the Minister of Interior have any hand in that operation?? he quizzed rhetorically.
Wondering whether the comments of Mr. Woyongo was a true reflection of government?s position, Major (rtd) Oduro called on government to as a matter of urgency to allay the fears of the citizenry and address the security breaches that characterized the election ahead of the 2016 polls.
He also called on President Mahama to call his appointee?s to order since violent related comments and posturing looked like their orientation.
He also called for a purge of the security?s hierarchy since they appeared compromised.
?Some of the topmost notch of the Ghana Police Force have also compromised themselves. COP Yakubu is one such person. The Commissioner who is now in charge of police logistics is the self ? same person who once declared in 1996 that he didn?t care what the NDC macho gang in Kumasi did and that if the NPP came to power they should cork him up in a bottle.?
Rallying the support of the opposition parties, the National Peace Council, the Christian Council, the Catholic Bishops Conference and all well-meaning bodies ?to resist oppressor?s rule with all our strength and might forever more? just as the words of the National Anthem portrays.
Source: Ekow Annan ,Spy News Agency