The Committee of Enquiry, set up by the Interior Minister, Hon. Ambrose Dery, as ordered by President Nana Addo have started their public enquiry, of the Ejura unrest, that has resulted so far, in the gruesome murder of two persons (one shot from the back and another from the side) and a successful surgery which has seen a 16year protestors both legs, amputated.
In their first sitting yesterday, persons who appeared before the Committee of Enquiry were the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah and Multimedia Group's Senior Journalist, Erasmus Asare, who was in the thick of the event, reporting for the renowned media organization.
Two interesting facts of the first day was the fact that, first, the Regional Minister provided a video evidence, identified as "Exhibit A," which shows a police water cannon vehicle, been chased away, after the burial of Macho Kaaka. According to the Regional Minister, this indicates how volatile the security situation was, and his justification for the military deployment, something he still stands by strongly, as the best response any day as Chairman of the regional security committee.
The Committee of Enquiry spent nearly an hour, asking if the source of the video, could be made to testify, a position the Regional Minister never really agreed with. Many believe this back and forth banter, from a committee, which have the powers to subpoena was a waste of time.
The second is the fact that, whiles Erastus Asare was before the committee, the majority of questioning was centered on "why the multimedia Group's media houses, will tag Macho Kaaka as a member of the #FixTheCountry, when according to their firm assertion, Macho Kaaka was not a member.
This is where veteran Journalist, on his Tuesday evenings PM Express Show on Joy News TV, finds as "majoring on the minor," as the committee, raised questions on ethics of journalism, whereas the journalist, who was on ground on the day of the unrest and gruesome murder and wounding of unarmed protestors, was seated before them, to unable the committee, best appreciate the reference point for the committee's work.
During an editorial on PM Express on Tuesday night as seen here at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uAI6h-c-AQ, Evans Mensah, could not fathom how the state of the activist’s affinity, to the said movement, culminated into the murder of the duo as seen on the day, and believes that, this seeming overemphasis on the ethical nature of the journalist’s reportage, which saw to the procurement only set of widely circulated footages, sways away from the mandate of the committee’s work.
According to him, the committee’s mandate was cut out, to establish the events on the day as directed by President Akufo-Addo. For this reason, the dwelling on Kaaka’s death, which ensued days prior to the disturbance could not have had a direct impact on the magnitude of chaos, that was being covered live by Erastus’s and the JoyNews team.
His point was corroborated by a security analyst, Adam Bonaa, who also expressed worry over the committee’s line of questioning on the opening day of the committee’s work, scoring them 2 out of 10, as Mr Bonaa believes that, energy could have been channeled rather into probing the clear admission, by Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah to have sanctioned the military deployment onto what he believes, was an obligation of the Ghana Police Service.
He was also disgusted, by the seeming disregard for the chain of command in the security framework, which he believes could have saved the two deceased if followed to the latter.
On the same program, the NDC's Hon. Sam George, had even expressed lack of faith, and willingness on the part of Nana Addo, to even carry through any recommendation by this new Committee of Enquiry on Ejura, citing how the same government, had on its white paper on the Ayawaso Commission's work, described as lacking understanding of the reference point for its public enquiry.
Already, this stand is widely accepted by the opposition NDC, as its most recent presidential candidate, had observed and said that, the heightening state of insecurity characterized by murders and brutalities, is reflective of President Nana Akufo-Addo.
Decrying the recent spate of murders in the country, Mr Mahama, who was speaking at Ho, Volta Region, on Saturday, 3 July 2021, at the opening of a retreat for communicators of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), expressed his condolences to the families of lynched social media activist, Ibrahim Kaaka Mohammed and the two others who were shot and killed by soldiers in Ejura, Ashanti Region, as they marched to demand justice for Kaaka.
He observed that the rising tension and general state of insecurity engulfing the country are reflective of the leader himself, noting that the situation is “unfortunate.”
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