2020 Election: IGP, AG Sued Over Election 2020 Injuries And Loss Of Life
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and Attorney General (AG) have been sued in two different matters by persons who suffered injuries and a family whose relative died during violence that marred the 2020 election.
The first suit is filed by lawyers of one Edmond Ayarek of Gyarko at Techiman. He described himself as the father of one Abdallah Ayarek who he says lost his life during the elections.
Mr Ayarek alleges his son was killed by a firearm discharged by security personnel on December 8 at the Techiman South Collation Centre.
He believes this contravenes his son’s right to life guaranteed under Ghana’s constitution. Other rights he argues have equally been violated included those requiring the state to respect and uphold the right to human life and human dignity with freedom from torture being a requirement.
He is, therefore, demanding that the state is ordered to investigate the killing as soon as possible and punish the perpetrators.
He is also asking for an amount of ¢10 million to be paid as compensation for the psychological trauma suffered by the family as a result of the death.
His written statement attached to the court documents recounts the events of December 8. He claims his son followed relative to the collation centre to observe the announcement of results.
Mr Ayarek said he later heard on radio that there was an incident of gunshot firing at the centre.
He was later informed that his son had been shot. He arrived at the Techiman Family Hospital where he had been asked to show up to receive the unfortunate news of the death.
He explained he has so far seen videos of the incident and believes it is quite obvious that the security personnel were shooting right into the defenseless and harmless crowd and not into the sky.
One of the videos, he alleges, captured his son who had been shot receiving help from the crowd.
He, therefore, believes the security personnel were unprofessional and harboured the premeditated agenda of killing. He concludes by pointing out that the Bono Region Security Council issued a statement pledging to investigate the matter and providing the necessary support for the affected families. This pledge, he alleges, has not been fulfilled.
The second writ is issued on behalf of Sulemana Ellison, Abubakr Iddirisu, Alhassan Nasiru, Aremeaw Alhassan, Alhassan Abdul Rahman and Paul Asue, all residents of Techiman.
All six persons claim they suffered gunshot injuries and other injuries on the 8th day of December 2020 election.
They believe this contravenes their right to life guaranteed under Ghana’s constitution. Other rights they argue have equally been violated include those requiring the state to respect and uphold the right to human life and human dignity with freedom from torture as a requirement.
They are, therefore, demanding that the state is ordered to investigate the matter as soon as possible and punish the perpetrators.
They are also asking for an amount of ¢5 million to be paid as compensation for the psychological trauma and injury suffered by Sulemana Eliasu who they say has been rendered physically challenged. The remaining five persons are asking for an amount of ¢2 million each.
A written statement attached to the court document recounts the events of December 8.
They alleged they heard gunshots followed by the word “fire” while they monitored the collation of votes at the Techiman Collation centre.
They further stated that while fleeing the scene, they were pursued viciously with the gunshots as though they were wild animals. The shooting spree, they explained, resulted in the various injuries suffered with two of the injured persons spending sums in the region of ¢26,000 on medical treatment.
They say they have so far seen videos of the incident and it’s quite obvious that the security personnel were shooting right into the defenseless and harmless crowd and not into the sky.
They, therefore, believe the security personnel were unprofessional and harboured the premeditated agenda of killing and injuring people.
They conclude by pointing out that the Bono Region Security Council issued a statement pledging to investigate the matter and providing the necessary support for the affected families. This pledge, they alleged, has not been fulfilled.
Mahama’s Promise To Cancel E-levy Is A Political Talk – NPP
The ruling government New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said John Mahama’s promise to Ghanaian to scrap the E-levy if NDC win power in 2024 is a just a political talk.
According to NPP, the e-levy which started on Sunday, May 1 cannot be abolished by the NDC party.
“Just like the one-time premium and the repeal of talk tax that John Mahama and his NDC promised, but failed to implement when they were in power, this promise is just a political talk.”
“In any event, can John Mahama explain the difference between his 17.5% tax on financial transactions and his manifesto pledge to impose a uniform tax on all electronic transactions? Are these measures E-Levy in disguise and does he stand by them?” Communications Director of the NPP Yaw Buaben Asamoa wondered at a press conference in Accra Wednesday.
He stressed: “If we reflect deeply, we will accept, as the records show, that significant change to our political institutions and conduct, economic structure and management and positive social impact, has mostly happened under the NPP’s watch.
“Many very significant national reverses occurred under the six years of John Mahama’s Presidency. He has since been rejected twice in elections. It’s possible his recent address is motivated by self-preservation towards his continued leadership of the NDC into 2024, given that both insiders and external observers are writing him off”.
He added: “Under John Mahamas’ leadership, Ghana will slip backwards into chaotic incompetence. Just like his autobiography tells all, he cannot take decisions. As he says in his book, he will ride this country like a bicycle, out of control and dangerously downhill, merely hopeful of survival.
“The 2024 presidential election is expected to be about two choices: whether we choose to build on the significant gains so far made under President Akufo-Addo with a new presidential candidate from the NPP who comes with his or her own fresh ideas as well or to choose the candidate the NDC are threatening to bring back, John Dramani Mahama.”
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Supreme Court Dismisses Minority Injunction Application Against E-levy
The Supreme Court has thrown out the injunction application filed against the e-levy.
The apex court also directed the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to keep all records of deductions following the implementation of the electronic transaction levy.
In a unanimous ruling, Presiding Judge Nene Amegatcher reading the judgment noted that the nature of the relief sought by the minority is null and void.
Three Members of Parliament; Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu; Mahama Ayariga(Bawku Central) and Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa(North Tongu) are seeking the Supreme Court to restrain the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) from implementing the E-Levy until the final determination of an earlier substantive suit challenging the constitutionality of the bill by Parliament.
Lead counsel for minority, Godwin Edudzi Tamaklo argued that greater parties will suffer, adding he 5u4 e-levy did not seek the interest of the public.
Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame opposed the injunction by the three minority members.
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We’ll Account For E-levy – Akufo-Addo Pledges
President Akufo-Addo has reiterated the commitment of government to ensure transparency and judicious use of revenue mobilized through the implementation of the e-levy Act to engender confidence among tax payers.
According to the President “government agenda to introduce the electronic levy bill, is now electronic transfer levy Act 2022 “Act 1075″ is a strategic decision to boost our revenue mobilization drive in order to grow our economy by ourselves to improve social, economic and infrastructural development in the republic of Ghana. The controversies which emanated from the inception of the electronic levy bill was a healthy one for our democracy as a nation”.
President Akufo-Addo therefore assured that “the government is committed to ensure the Judicious administration and implementation and the same time reporting of all revenues collected under the newly introduced electronic levy Act to impose a confidence in the government”.
This was contained in a speech read on behalf of the President by the Eastern Regional Minister Seth Kwame Acheampong during the 60th anniversary celebration of Rev. Friederich Monninger Memorial Presbyterian Church in Akosombo under the theme “Jesus Christ the light of the world” ,
He assured the congregants that, “government remains resolute and alive to to serve all well-meaning Ghanaians despite the global economic challenges. we are focused to sustain and grow the economy to make it an enviable one hence the need to continue to invest in the future the benefit for the generations unborn”
President Akufo-Addo said the Free Senior High , Vocational and Technical Education policy are the special purpose vehicles to churn out the needed human capital for accelerated development.
“I am very optimistic the legacy to ensure every school going child of this country attains a minimum of secondary education has overly been achieved the data is available to show. The free senior high school and the free technical vocational and education training are the best vehicles we have devised to take us to the realization of our goal of an educated and skilled work force” he explained.
He added that “considering our current dispensation of technological advancement , every school going child will continue to be given the requisite education to be equip to run a modern and digitalize economy , and also the pursue to achieve Ghana beyond aid is very promising especially when government is poised to become self reliant to win itself from over reliance of foreign taste”.