General News of Friday, 8 February 2019
The Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has described those questioning the legality of the Presidential Commission of Enquiry set up to investigate the violence that characterised the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election as people ignorant of the law.
He stated the Commission of Enquiry was not a constitutional instrument that required it to be laid before Parliament for 21 days prior to its establishment but rather was an executive instrument that did not require laying it before Parliament for 21 days.
“So the proponents of the argument that the instrument for setting up of the commission should have been laid before Parliament for 21 days are grossly misinformed on the law and grossly misinformed on the fact because the law did not support that view,” he stated.
Addressing the press at the just-ended national security stakeholders’ dialogue at Peduase near Accra on Thursday (February 7), Mr Nkrumah said, “The executive instrument for the Commission of Enquiry was dated February 6, 2019 and issued by the command of President under the signature of the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.
“Perhaps those who are making that argument are not privy to that fact and we need to help them to be privy to that fact so that they do not misinform the public,” he stated.
The two-day dialogue created a platform for security experts to deliberate on emerging security threats in the country such as political vigilantism, armed robbery, kidnapping, murder and terrorism.
The participants included heads of security agencies, officials of the ministries of National Security, Defence, Interior and the Attorney General’s Department as well as representatives of civil society organisations and academia.
More to follow…