The Editor-in-Chief of the Crusading Guide Newspaper, Kweku Baako has advised all members of the Ghana Police Service to remain firm and resolute in the discharge of their duty.
Speaking on NewsFile, Mr Baako urged the police to endeavour to observe their duties in an equitable manner, citing the example of Ayi Jaffa.
According to him, Ayi Jaffa, popularly known as Officer, was able to arrest an MP even at the risk of losing his job.
His comment follows the recent polling station misunderstanding that resulted in the firing of a weapon by the Member of Parliament for the Awutu Senya East Constituency, Mavis Hawa Koomson.
Mr. Baako is hopeful that with the help of civil society organisations, the nation can “grow a critical mass of strong willed hardcore professional policemen and women as part and parcel of deepening the democratic exercise we have embarked on.”Hawa Koomson’s action was an avoidable, inexcusable gaffe – Kweku Baako
Touching on the shooting incident, Mr. Baako said the chaos at the registration centre was avoidable and inexcusable.
According to him, that electoral area has a history of violence, hence, it is surprising that an MP and a Minister of State would approach such a ‘hotspot’ without any security detail.
“In a place that is a hotspot, making prior arrangements and going there with your bodyguards and some extra protection if necessary makes sense and nobody can contest that.”
“But, to assume that in this kind of situation you could go there alone and protect yourself in the name of self-defence is a poor judgement.”
Kweku Baako explained that Hawa Koomson should have made sure the area was being policed after she received the information that there were some illegalities going on at the centre.
“I want to be very blunt. What happened relative to the conduct of a Member of Parliament and Minister of state in my candid opinion was avoidable and an inexcusable gaffe,” he stated.