February 6, 2014

Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho has issued an ultimatum to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to investigate the issue surrounding the alleged brutalities of some demonstrating residents of Kenyasi in the Ashanti region by the police.

The IGP has two weeks to thoroughly investigate the issue and report his findings to Parliament for the necessary action to be taken on the matter.

The Speaker’s directive follows a statement made on the floor of Parliament on Friday by the Member of Parliament for Kwabre East, Hon. Kofi Frimpong whose constituency covers Kenyasi.

In his statement the MP condemned the highhandedness of the police in engaging the residents who were lawfully demonstrating against the poor nature of their roads.

He claimed that the police were guiding the demonstrators peacefully until they had re-enforcement from the Buffalo unit when they started firing indiscriminately resulting in several persons being injured.

Hon. Kofi Frimpong stated that the police who were burnt on teaching the demonstrators a lesson even attacked a cluster of schools where some of the demonstrators had gone to seek refuge.

“After the police attacked the school, that action impacted negatively on the pupils, as psychologically some of them were traumatized and as a result only 40% of the pupils have returned to the classroom days after the event’’ he said.

Hon. Frimpong stated that while the police should be commended for reducing the crime rate in the country in recent times, the perpetrators of the brutalities must not escape punishment, and further called on the IGP to act on the matter with alacrity since the people of Kenyasi deserve justice.