The Member of Parliament for Bekwai, Joseph Osei Owusu who doubles as the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament has categorically stated that those who were killed by the security forces during the election 2020 were all criminals.
Mr. Osei Owusu was responding to a question posed to him by TV’s Komla Klutse who asked if the MP was disappointed that President Akufo-Addo during his State of the National Address did not make mention of the killing of the two people in Techiman South Constituency during the December 7 polls. The reporter also wishes to know if the families of the victims do not serve to be commensurate.
In particular, to Techiman South, two people were shot dead and eight (8) others injured, when security operatives opened fire onto crowds believed to be opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) supporters at a collation center at Techiman South constituency in the Bono East Region.
According to the first deputy speaker of parliament, he thinks the police should be allowed to finish their investigations before anything else and that President Akuffo-Addo should not be speaking on every criminal issue.
“The president should stay out, let the investigative people determine what happened but I did it is not fair to insist that because somebody died, even if he was in the process of committing a crime, it becomes an issue, No, I beg to differ.” – Mr. Osei Owsu said
What was intriguing to note is that though the MP admitted investigations were still ongoing to determined what happened, he was emphatic and conclusive that the people killed were all criminals.
He further emphasized that the Techiman South incident needs to be put in proper context and treated as criminal conduct.
“I think it is not fair for people to refer to an event without going back, what happened? Should the president just be talking about if a criminal is shot, the crime does not matter?”, he quizzed.
Families of the victims and other well-meaning Ghanaians have since been demanding justice following the killings.
When was finally asked if the families of the deceased do not deserve commiserations from President Akuffo Addo, the MP didn’t think so, he asked “do we commiserate with the families of armed robbers when they are shoot? “.
The MP is also a known advocate for “shoot to kill” in the fight against illegal mining (galamsey) on the floor of parliament.
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Filed By Agaatorne Douglas Asaah / awakenewsroom.com