The Majority Leader of Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu says his side is offering conditional support to the Minority over its quest to get the House to probe the violence that characterised the 2020 general elections.
The Suame legislator observed that his side would only support the investigation if it is extended to cover all other electoral related violence since the inception of the fourth republic.
“Well, we have had numerous elections including by-elections in this country which has witnessed violence why single out the last year’s election?
“In principle, I will support but if we want to be truthful to ourselves let go back and investigate everything that would help us to make better recommendations which will stand the test of time. It shouldn’t be picking and choosing,” he said.
His comment follows a motion filed by six Minority MP’s led by the Minority Leader Haruna Iddrissu asking Parliament to investigate circumstances leading to the violence during the 2020 polls.
In an interview with JoyNews’ Kwasi Parker Wilson, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister NPP said he was subjected to severe attacks during the 2000 general elections and insists the scope of such an investigation should be broadened so all those involved in his attack be made to face the full rigours of the law.
“We should be consistent in our advocacy. We shouldn’t just pick and choose, let’s widen the net. I personally have been a victim in the 2000’s general election. The driver of the then General Anyidoho – he was called Sergeant Alhassan – came and assaulted me as an MP contesting the election. Should I be forgotten because it was 2000? Let’s be honest to ourselves as a nation,” he intimated.
He also recounted other violent acts which happened in previous years during election period in the country.
“You remember that we had by-elections at Atiwa, some people were run over by the pick-ups belonging to the NDC Women’s Organiser at the time and the Attorney General at the time, Martin Amidu came to Parliament to respond to this issue that yes it was unfortunate that happened. He told us that unfortunately, they are not able to get the people who were involved and persecute them.
“Do we have to live by that as a country? I think we should be truthful to ourselves. We had by-elections at Chereponi, I was there personally where seven people were shot at point blank by an operative from the Castle at the time… It took the intervention of Prof. Frimpong Boateng to save the lives of those seven people who were ferried to the Yendi Government Hospital,” he stressed.
The Legislator said those who lost their lives through election violence should not be forgotten since crime have no expiry dates.