Panafrican News Agency

Ghana's largest opposition party engages in march for Justice

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The largest opposition political party in Ghana, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), on Tuesday embarked on a huge protest march in Accra, dubbed 'March for Justice' to raise a number of issues.

The march was initiated by the youth wing of the party, which presented an eight-point petition to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin.

The petition presented on behalf of the NDC by its General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketiah and Hannah Bissiw, Women's Organizer, was received by Emmanuel Adumua-Bossman, deputy chief of staff (Operations), on behalf of the president.

The Petition to the Speaker was received by the Majority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu.

The NDC demanded immediate implementation of recommendations of the Emile Short Commission of Enquiry, which investigated violence carried out by elements of the National Security during a by-election in Accra in 2019 and made recommendations of reforms of the National Security Secretariat. The NDC also demanded payment of compensation to all victims and prosecution of all culprits.

"Beyond investigating all acts of violence perpetratedy by officers of the security agencies under your watch, ensure that all victims get justice as required by law," the petition said.

It also called on President Akufo-Addo and his New Patriotic Party (NPP) government to "make provision towards providing decent jobs for the teemig youth of the country through proper structural economic reforms and business support for enterprises of young people". 

The government should also "ensure the safety and security of all Ghanaians; depoliticise the security services by introducing reforms to give true meaning to its independence; instruct the attorney general and minister of justice to improve the justice system and wean the judiciary of partisan political influence".

The petition called on the President to "ensure the safety and security of all Ghanaians; stamp out corruption by prosecuting corrupt officials in your government other than shielding them; and to take steps to fulfil campaign promises to the good people of Ghana and be respectful and faithful to the citizenry".
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