First Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Member of Parliament for Bekwai, Joseph Osei Owusu has said has figuratively likened the victims of the Techiman South electoral violence to a situation where armed robbers are shot dead while in operation.
Two persons were shot dead and eight 8 injured when security operatives opened fire on persons believed to be NDC supporters at a collation center in the Techiman South constituency in the Bono East Region.
Families of the deceased and members of the NDC have since been demanding justice.
At a press conference not too long ago, the Criminal Investigations Department said it was still conducting investigations to unravel persons behind the shooting.
The Bekwai MP thinks the police should be allowed to finish their investigations before anything else.
According to him, President Akufo-Addo should not be speaking on every criminal conduct.
He was responding to a question on the sidelines of the president’s final State of the Nation Address as to whether he was disappointed the president didn’t mention anything about the victims of the Techiman South election violence. He thinks the police should be allowed to do their job.
“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.”
He explained the Techiman South incident needs to be put in context and treated as a 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.
Asked if the families of the deceased do not deserve commiserations from the president, Mr. Owusu does seem to think so, asking “do we commiserate with the families of armed robbers we shoot?”.