Victims of the shooting incident during the 2019 Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election say government has still not acted on the recommendation to pay them compensation for the harm caused them.

Security agents deployed to the constituency on the day of the by-election went on a rampage even before the election started.

Following the mayhem, the Emile Short Committee among others recommended that victims of the January 31, 2019 violence should be compensated for the harm they suffered at the hands of government security forces.

Government’s promised compensation has not come – Victims of Ayawaso West Wuogon violence

At a meeting with former President John Mahama, the victims of the shooting incident said none of them has received any payment from government.

Government’s promised compensation has not come – Victims of Ayawaso West Wuogon violence

The spokesperson for the victims, Abdul-Razak Garba, stressed that the victims and their families are struggling as a result of the painful experience.

He recounted how some of the assaulted victims went through life-altering experiences with some scheduled for more surgeries, some incapacitated for life, another suffering stroke and one person dead as a result of internal bleeding caused by gun-shot wounds.

Government’s promised compensation has not come – Victims of Ayawaso West Wuogon violence

The victims and their families were in the office of the former president and 2020 NDC presidential candidate to thank him for his support to them.

Government’s promised compensation has not come – Victims of Ayawaso West Wuogon violence

Mr. Garba extended the group’s appreciation to Mr Mahama for his compassion and for paying for the cost of all their treatment including major surgeries.

Government’s promised compensation has not come – Victims of Ayawaso West Wuogon violence

Mr Mahama in his remarks extended his sympathies to the victims and their families.

Government’s promised compensation has not come – Victims of Ayawaso West Wuogon violence

He also pledged to continue to support the members in any way that he can but stressed that it is the duty of the state to compensate the victims as recommended.

Mr Mahama expressed shock at the level of impunity that he said continues to define the Akufo-Addo and Bawumia government.

He added that impunity when unchecked leads to unrestrained violence and that is why the killings of innocent Ghanaians at Ejura and Techiman happened.

Government’s promised compensation has not come – Victims of Ayawaso West Wuogon violence

He encouraged the victims to hold their heads high and cautioned them to look out for persons who caused the harm turning round to mock them that their party is not supporting them enough.

Mr Mahama promised that, no matter how long it would take, the NDC would pursue every possible means to ensure that those who committed the crimes are punished and all compensations due the victims fully paid.

Government’s promised compensation has not come – Victims of Ayawaso West Wuogon violence

“Ghana must not forget about what happened,” he said.

Government’s promised compensation has not come – Victims of Ayawaso West Wuogon violence
Government’s promised compensation has not come – Victims of Ayawaso West Wuogon violence



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