You have blood on your hands – Manasseh Azure to Akufo-Addo

Veteran Ghanaian investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni has called out President Akufo-Addo for what he describes as the President’s refusal to stop the brutality, in the wake of wanton state-sponsored killings, maimings, and abuse by security forces including the Ghana Police Service and the Ghana Armed Forces on civilians.

Taking to his twitter handle to vent his frustrations, Mr. Awuni described the recent events that have taken place in Techiman, Ejura, and Wa as ‘barbaric and stupid’. “Mr. President, you cannot be calling yourself the Commander-In-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces in a democratic Ghana while these barbarism and stupidity happen every day. Your hands are stained with the blood of the dead and wounded because you have refused to stop the brutality”, he bemoaned.

Earlier this week, Kaaka, a known social media campaigner with the ‘Fix The Country’ Movement was murdered in cold blood allegedly for his heavy public criticism of the Akufo-Addo government, which many Ghanaians believe has failed to deliver on election promises and pledges.

The unfortunate murder of Mr. Kaaka sparked widespread outrage across Ejura in the Ashanti Region where he lived, as well as the country at large.

The youth of the town in sympathy with the late Mr. Kaaka spontaneously embarked on a demonstration to register their displeasure and to demand that the culprits be found and brought to book. This protest, however, set the foundation for the brutal shooting of an additional two people by security forces who arrived at the protest ground heavily armed and firing live bullets into the crowd and thereby killing the two in the process.

As though that was not enough for an eventful week, men in Ghana Armed Forces apparel went on a rampage yesterday, July 1, 2021, brutalizing any civilian they found on the streets including a pregnant woman and the PRO of the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council for reasons that one of them had had his phone stolen. The Ghana Armed Forces have since issued a statement on the development, assuring the general public of investigations into the matter and subsequent punitive actions against officers found complicit.

Mr. Awuni further called on the President to “Act and stop the mindless killings”.

By Nat G. Tetteh/

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