Gov’t should be ashamed of itself - Casely-Hayford

Financial analyst, Sidney Casely-Hayford has taken a swipe at government for being silent on the brutality meted out to a group of demonstrators by the police.

Casely-Hayford - Financial Analyst

Financial analyst, Sidney Casely-Hayford has taken a swipe at government for being silent on the brutality meted out to a group of demonstrators by the police.

A demonstration by the members and supporters of the Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA), Alliance For Accountable Governance (AFAG) and Movement for Better Ghana to demand the creation of a new voters’ register on Wednesday, turned violent, after many people got injured and some were flogged by the police.

The demonstrators were tear gassed and shot with rubber bullets by the police after having reportedly veered off from the approved route to picket at the Electoral Commission (EC).

"The movement of the demonstrators violated the laid-down rules, the agreement between the police and themselves. They branched before the NDC headquarters heading apparently for the EC and the Police stopped them," the police service has explained.

One of the victims is reported to have undergone an operation with one of his eyes taken off.

But Mr Casely-Hayford in his submission on Citi FM’s on Saturday said the police behaved irresponsibly. According to him, government’s silence on the issue is despicable.

“It was totally unnecessary, really uncalled for. What would give a police person a sense of justice in destroying someone’s eye on the basis that they were attempting to use an unapproved route? It seems like there is no real care for the individuals’ right and safety in this country. I saw pictures of the police brutality, Gabby standing totally helpless… Government should be ashamed of itself for keeping silent on this issue,” he said.

Mr Casely-Hayford  called for the police service to be sued for the “disgraceful” act.

West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) has defended the use of force by the Ghana Police Service during the Let My Vote Count demonstration.

WANEP co-founder Emmanuel Bombande on Unique FM’s Behind the News said the general public should rather “appreciate them” because “if data were destroyed at the EC or sensitive materials were destroyed, it will cost the nation millions of Ghana cedis so the Police could not just stand by and let that happen.”

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