Government sets up an Emile Short led Commission of enquiry to investigate Ayawaso West Wuogon violence

Emile Short (Former CHRAJ Boss)
          Emile Short (Former CHRAJ Boss)

The Government of Ghana has established a three-member committee to investigate matters that led to the violent attacks during last Thursday’s by-election in the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency in Accra.

The Commission will be headed by former Commissioner for the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Francis Emile Short. Also included in the commission are law professor, Henrietta Mensa- Bonsu and former Inspector-General of Police, Patrick Kwarteng Acheampong.

A private legal practitioner and former Dean of the GIMPA School of Law, Dr. Ernest Kofi Abotsi, will be part of the commission as the Secretary, per a statement issued and signed on Wednesday by Mr. Eugene Arhin, Director of Communications at the Presidency.

According to the statement, the Commission which was set up by Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, with the consent of President Nana Akufo-Addo, who is currently not in Ghana will have the mandate;

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(a) to make a full, faithful and impartial inquiry into the circumstances of, and establish the facts leading to, the events and associated violence during the Ayawaso West Wuogon By-Election on the 31st day of January 2019;

(b) to identify any person responsible for or who has been involved in the events, associated violence and injuries;

(c) to inquire into any matter which the Commission considers incidental or reasonably related to the causes of the events and the associated violence and injuries; and

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(d) to submit within one month its report to the President giving reasons for its findings and recommendations, including appropriate sanctions, if any,” the statement explained.



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