July 8, 2011

The Member of Parliament for Okaikoi South, Nana Akomea has condemned the decision by the Attorney General not to pursue the case in which the driver of the National Women’s Organizer of the NDC allegedly drove a car through a crowd injuring some people in the process during the Atiwa by-election last year.

Confusion erupted at the Presby Junior High School polling center at Agbomosu in the Atiwa Constituency when a group of NPP youth activists clashed with the Azoka boys of the NDC, who according to them had attempted to rig the elections.

In the process, three of the NPP youth activists sustained severe wounds as they were beaten-up with sharp objects.

The NPP youth activists blocked the major road leading to the Agbomosu Township, which also erupted into another bizarre incident.

NDC’s National Women’s Organizer Anita De-Souza’s, Toyota Prado car ran into the barricade causing severe injuries to several NPP youths.

The Attorney General, Martin Amidu told Parliament yesterday that an earlier indication that the driver in the “Atiwa bye election catastrophe” had intended to drive dangerously and negligently in order to cause harm was inaccurate.

He said after he personally perused the police docket in the case, he’s come to the firm conclusion that the evidence on the docket cannot cogently support the offences of dangerous driving and negligently causing harm, contrary to section 1 of the Road Traffic Act 2004 (Act 683) and the section 72 of the Criminal and Other Offences Act 1960 (Act 29) with which the suspect driver was cautioned.

However speaking on Metro TV’s Good Morning show on Friday 8th July 2012, the Member of Parliament for Okaikoi South, Nana Akomea, stated that the refusal of the state not to continue the case gives a negative signal to people that they need to defend themselves at future polls, adding that tthe iming of the decision is wrong especially as 2012 elections beckons.

“ This is some of the reasons why Nana Akufo Addo made the statement “all die be die” calling on NPP members to defend themselves and not to allow others to intimidate them come the 2012 elections’’ he said.

He however urged government to demonstrate its commitment to ensuring a peaceful election come 2012 by continuing the case and punishing those liable for the criminal act.

Story by : Kwadwo Anim/ghanamps.gov.gh