The former President of the Republic of Ghana, Mr. John Dramani Mahama has stated that if elected, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will ensure that all victims of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence are properly compensated.
The victims of the shooting event said they had not received any reimbursement from the government during a meeting with former President John Dramani Mahama.
Abdul-Razak Garba, a victim’s spokesperson, decried the fact that the victims and their families are struggling as a result of the traumatic experience.
“Despite the Emile Short Commission’s recommendation, the victims and their families have yet to be compensated for the harm they have suffered.”
He described how some of the assaulted victims had life-changing experiences, with some requiring additional surgeries, some becoming permanently handicapped, another suffering a stroke, and one dying as a consequence of internal bleeding caused by gunshot wounds.
Mr. Garba expressed the group’s gratitude to John Mahama for his compassion and for covering all of their medical expenses, including major procedures.
In his remarks, President Mahama expressed his condolences to the victims and their families. He also stated that he will continue to assist the members in any manner he can, but that it is the state’s responsibility to recompense the victims as advised.
Mr. Mahama was shocked by “the level of impunity” that “continues to define the Akufo-Addo and Bawumia governments,” adding that “impunity when unchecked leads to unbridled violence, which is why the killings of innocent Ghanaians at Ejura and Techiman occurred.”
“Regardless of how long it takes, the NDC will seek all conceivable means to guarantee that those who committed the crimes are prosecuted and the compensations due the victims are completely paid,” he stated.
He went on to say, “Ghana must not forget what transpired.”
Following a gunshot incident at the polls, the NDC withdrew from the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.
On camera, masked men were seen assaulting individuals who did not resist arrest. The males, who were fully armed, were also seen with several police officers.
The Emile Short Commission of Inquiry was tasked with “doing a full, faithful, and impartial inquiry into the circumstances of, and establish the facts leading to, the events and accompanying violence that happened during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election,” among other things.
The Commission heard testimony from key witnesses in the case, including Sam George, Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram; DSP Samuel Azugu, Commander of the National Security SWAT squad; and Delali Kwasi Brempong, then-NDC Parliamentary candidate.
Approximately the course of three weeks, the Commission questioned over 20 other witnesses and persons of interest.
Following its study, the commission presented its findings to the President in the form of a report.
Among the recommendations made by the Emile Short Commission was that victims of violence be compensated for their losses.
In its White Paper, the administration rejected a number of the recommendations.