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Ejura Committee Of Enquiry Report Is Out: Makes One Moot Recommendation As Simon Osei Is Not Touched

The gruesome murder of Macho Kaaka, an Ejura community social and political activist, resulted in a resultant youth-led demonstration and eventual murder of two persons, and the maiming of four persons, with one, having his legs amputated.

The President then asked the Minister of Interior, to start a public enquiry and after sitting for an initial week and gaining an additional weeks extension, they brought their enquiry to a close, days back. Interestingly, this morning at the Ministry of Interior offices, the 3 member Committee, led by Justice Koomson presented their report to the Hon. Ambrose Dery.

The committee took testimonies from about 20 witnesses including journalists, police, and military officers as well as political appointees in the jurisdiction of the incident, and some family members of some victims and was made up of Justice George Kingsley Koomson as the Chairman; a security analyst, Dr. Vladimir Antwi-Danso, and the Executive Director of Penplusbytes, Juliet Adiema Amoah.

However, according to Citi FM's Eyewitness News, they have uncovered some major portions of their report and interestingly, the Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Simon Mensah, the man, who was in Accra attending a conference and ordered the military to be deployed to Ejura, was untouched in their recommendations.

Committee presenting their report

However, its major recommendation, which the leading radio station, acknowledged to be moot, was the removal of the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Ejura-Sekyedumase Assembly. The MCE, Mohammed Salisu Bamba, who was in an acting position as all DCE/MCE's and had also already withdrawn his application for reappointment to the position after the July 29 incident, clearly is indicative of how this recommendation to have him removed, is moot.

Other recommendations, which were expected, as it has not departed from work of such committee, includes the families of the deceased and the injured to benefit from compensation per the Committee’s recommendations, the transfer of the District Police Commander for Ejura-Sekyedumase, DSP Philip Hammond and the military officer who led the soldiers on the ground that day is also to face sanctions, the committee recommended.

Many have expressed disappointment in the report already, as a security expert, who spoke to Citi FM's Umaru Sanda asserted that, the committee, could have done a better job and hit the nail right on its head instead, as they have let go of the regional minister and also, does not call for any persecution of the unprofessional military men, who aimed and shot at the protesting crowd.

Ashanti Regional Minister, he was untouched in leaked parts of the report

It is worth noting that, renowned social commentator, ;Lawyer Kofi Bentil, had way earlier, described the work of the Ejura Committee of Enquiry, as a waste of the taxpayers money. He made the point, as a guest panel member on the renowned Newsfile TV show on Joy News TV earlier three weeks back, as he was emphatic that, the line of questioning of the members, was indicative that, they have lost a vivid understanding ad importance of their work, as seen here at (VIDEO).

“I have found nobody, not even one person who has any confidence in the Committee. It looks like they just assembled them to waste our money and insult our intelligence. Even some of the people, who are trying to use their narrative to tow a certain line are being cautious about it. What I can see clearly is that that committee looks like they are searching for a narrative to support a preset story and nobody is buying it,”

“Sometimes we make a mess when we ignore the very obvious issues and try very hard to create a different set of facts. We have a situation here, where in the face of clear evidence we are being invited to split heads about esoteric ideas some of which have very little capability,” he had said.

“For instance, like they shot themselves. Like the protestors were armed when we have no video evidence, when there is a doctor that says the people were shot from the back. And we are being invited to analyze the sound of guns. At the same time, we have video of people kneeling and taking aim and people firing and we are leaving that,” he had added then.

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