Lawyer to the Alumni of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology(KNUST), Ras Wayo is blaming the recent riot on campus to the failure of the judiciary to salvage the situation.
On Monday, students defied directives by authorities and demonstrated on campus in protest against Police brutalities on campus over the weekend. Hundreds of angry students clad in read responded positively to calls to boycott lectures.
Led by the Students’ Representative Council, the student leadership was angry over how some of the students were brutalized by the Police after they went ahead to organize vigils against the order of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Obiri Danso. Eventually, the intended peaceful demonstration turned violent with school properties destroyed as Police officers deployed fired warning shots in a failed attempt to disperse the charged crowd.
In the event, the school was closed down with the Regional Security Council placing a dawn to dusk curfew on campus to ensure peace prevails. However, Radio XYZ’ Ashanti Regional Correspondent, Jonathan Ofori reports that, the curfew has been lifted as at Tuesday morning to make way for Ghanaian students to pick their items from the rooms as they are expected to go home while the administration allocates a temporary place of abode for foreign students. According to Jonathan, the move has been necessitated following the Police declaration of the the place as a crime scene.
But speaking on “Ete Sen” on Radio XYZ on Tuesday, October 23, Lawyer Wayo said the judiciary cannot be spared the blame in contributing to the riot. Attributing the incident to the decision by school authorities to merge female and male halls on campus, he asserted that “……what happened is a spill over.”
“The Judiciary is part of the disappointment of KNUST. When the issue started, we wanted the court to place injunction on the process until we reach finality but the court did not allow that” he observed.
According to him, “…..the court’s failure to grant the injunction gave power to the school authorities to go ahead to merge the halls. But the decision was wrongful……..and that is the reason why KNUST finds itself in excuse my language this mess.”
He described the students riot as “spontaneous” but when asked if he was justifying the incident he said “…..me I’m a naturalist, I believe in natural dynamics………what happened was supposed to happen. I am not justifying it.”
Lawyer Wayo also rubbished suggestions that some old students of the school during Monday’s riot threw their weight behind the students.
Source:Ghana/myxyzonline.com/93.1MHz/ Charles Akrofi