July 22, 2020
The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) has observed with great concern the shooting incident at a Registration Centre in the ongoing Voter Registration exercise at the Awutu-Senya East Constituency on Monday, July 20, 2020. More worrying is the involvement of the Member of Parliament for the area and Minister of Special Development Initiatives, Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomson, who has publicly admitted through a television interview, her direct involvement in the shooting incident. We unreservedly condemn the unwarranted actions of the Minister in the strongest terms and call on the Ghana Police Service not to relent in their efforts in bringing all perpetrators of the shooting incident, including the Minister to book by ensuring that justice and fair play is manifestly seen to be done in this matter.
As a council, we know that the Ghana Police Service has the capacity and is capable of dealing with crimes of this nature without fear or favour and we wish to encourage them to rise up to this challenge in dealing with this and the earlier one reported at Banda Ahenkro in the Bono East Region no matter whose ox is gored so as to assure us that we can trust them to deal with all forms of violence ahead of the 2020 general election.
It is also the view of the Council that the position of the Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomson as a Minister of state is no longer tenable and she must resign or be fired by the President without prejudice to any criminal actions that may be taken against her by the Police. We call on the President of the Republic to take immediate action on this matter to safeguard the peace and security of this nation and to assure all Ghanaians that we can trust him to keep this nation together in unity ahead of the General Elections in December.
We also call on all Ghanaians, especially aggrieved individuals and parties at every stage of the electoral process to resort to the time tested electoral laws and conflict resolution mechanisms and institutions to resolve our grievance rather than violence. Let us as citizens be reminded that it pays to use non-violent means to resolve our differences than the violent approaches, which could deprive us of our liberties, relations and even our lives.
To the youth of Ghana, we urge you to channel your energies, talents and skills into very productive endeavours and refuse to be used by unpatriotic Politicians for their greedy parochial interests. Today and the future belongs to you so jealously guard it!
We are by this statement calling on all Ghanaians once again to remember that we have only one Ghana to live in with nowhere else to go in the event of any escalated violence, though it is an open secret that the politicians we are willing
to die for have their passports and that of their families ready to fly out of this country should violence erupt. Let’s be prudent and act responsibly to maintain the peace and security of Ghana for the future of our children and generations yet unborn.
God bless our homeland Ghana and make our nation great and strong.
Issued for and on behalf of the National Executive Council by:
REV. PROF. PAUL FRIMPONG-MANSO
CONTACT: REV. EMMANUEL T. BARRIGAH – 024 270 3772 &
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