Statement By Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings On Recent Developments On The Dagbon Crisis

1 04 2011

NANA KONADU AGYEMAN RAWLINGS The people of Dagbon deserve peace and unity and that cannot be achieved if we fail to appreciate the need to identify and prosecute those behind the Ya Na’s death to the satisfaction of all parties.

Recent developments coming out of our courts are worrying and explanations made out in some judgements have left all Ghanaians in a quandary.

More disappointing is the fact that the latest sequence of events is due to the failure of the current government to honour its campaign promise of instituting a credible re-investigation into the events and circumstances surrounding that dastardly act of March 2002.

It is also public knowledge that a lot of statements by witnesses were shelved, doctored or ignored during the initial investigations into the matter. The institution of a new investigation will offer the opportunity for these to also come out so credible grounds for a re-trial can be pursued.

The National Democratic Congress was borne out of the pursuit of freedom, justice, probity and accountability.  We have a responsibility to the people of Dagbon and Ghanaians, to expose the wrongs of the past and practice governance that instils a sense of trust and confidence in the people.

The government needs to urgently review information available to it and establish a credible and independent Commission of Inquiry to thoroughly re-investigate the Ya Na’s demise, so that all the information that was withheld during the previous investigation will be exposed.

I am pleading with all parties in Dagbon to exercise restraint and allow true justice to be served.

I seize this opportunity to express my condolences to the family of the deceased who fell during the recent unrest.

Signed: Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings

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