The Deputy Communication Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Ashanti Region has slammed the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, for the Ejura shooting incident that killed two last week.
Kwaku Asafo-Agyei says the families of the victims must ensure that the Minister is prosecuted for the heinous act that led to the killing of two.
Kwaku Asafo-Agyei who was speaking on Inside Politics on Power FM, criticised the Minister for inviting the military to Ejura when the angry youth were protesting.
Mr Osei-Mensah admitted when he appeared before the Ministerial Committee probing the violence that he ordered the deployment of the Military personnel to quell the tension at Ejura Sekyedumase on June, 29.
Two persons were killed and four others sustained life-threatening injuries after a joint military and police task force shot into the crowd that was protesting for justice for the family of a social activist who was murdered by a mob.
The deceased, Ibrahim Mohammed, also known as Kaaka, was killed a few days earlier fuelling the riots.
Asafo-Agyei believes the Minister who is the head of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) acted recklessly when he called in the military when the police could have dealt with the unarmed crowd.
“The Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah must be blamed. You must be prosecuted for calling in the military to go and shoot the youth,” he told host Mugabe Maase.
Asafo-Agyei alleged the military had been invited to Ejura a day before the riots, saying the Minister knew he would order armed men to fire at the crowd.
To him, the lawlessness among security men in the country is an indication that the government under President Akufo-Addo adores violence.
He is not the only one that has chastised Simon Osei-Mensah for the decision to request military deployment during the protest.
Renowned Security expert, Adam Bonaa has slammed the Minister for the decision, saying it makes him unfit for such a huge responsibility.
“What the Regional Minister has done, he is not fit. He doesn’t have the emotional intelligence to superintend over a big region such as the Ashanti Region,” he said in an interview with Joy News.