Flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has criticised government’s rejection of most of the key recommendations of the Justice Emile Short Committee Report on the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence.

Speaking during a courtesy call by executives of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), John Mahama said it should be of concern to all Ghanaians that government, appears to approve of the lawless assault on innocent civilians.

He noted “To believe that Government can say an MP deserves to be slapped because he provoked a security officer is unconscionable. I don’t know by what moral code this judgement is being made but it creates a very bad precedent for us. It means that… anybody can be brutalised by a security officer if he believes that you have provoked him… not even an MP is immune to brutality”

According to him, there was evidence that government is training ‘able-bodied’ civilians at a government military training facility.

National Executives of the GJA led by its President, Roland Affail Monney, were at the former president’s office to invite him to the Association’s 70th anniversary and GJA Awards Ceremony.

Mr. Mahama used the occasion to call on government to protect journalists so that they can freely go about their duties without any intimidation. He also congratulated all Ghanaian journalists on the 70th anniversary, paying special tribute to former Presidents of the Association, the late Edward Ameyibor, Karbral Blay Amihere, Gifty Afenyi-Dadzie and all those who contributed to the growth of the GJA.

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