Asawase killings: Families want committee’s report made public

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The families of the seven Zongo youth who were shot by the police at Asawase in the Ashanti Region have demanded that government makes public the findings of the committee that investigated the shooting.

The report of the committee has been forwarded to the office of the Vice President, but its conclusions are still unknown.

The families say they have been left in the dark, hence the need for the President  to implement the recommendations of the committee for justice to prevail.

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Zakaria Musa, who spoke for the affected families said government not disclosing findings of the report to the families is unfair.

“Respective families did appear before the committee, the police appeared, the pathologist who conducted the autopsy was also present, and I am sure the report from the autopsy is with the committee, and part of the reports forwarded to the authority. It has been over a month now, and the family doesn’t know anything,” he said.

According to him, the inability of the government to make the findings public is creating tension in the area.

The Independent Committee set up to investigate the killings submitted its report to the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on Wednesday, 26th September, which was forwarded to the Attorney General’s office for the necessary steps to be taken.

Protests over the killing of seven Zongo residents

In July this year, hundreds of youth from the Zongo community trooped to Kumasi Central Mosque to register their displeasure over the killings of the seven men.

The Police in a media briefing on the death of the youth said the young men were killed because they were armed robbers who exchanged fire with them.

However, relatives and friends of the seven accused the police of planting guns to frame the deceased persons after they had been gruesomely killed.

They insisted the seven men were not robbers but were painfully killed.

The Zongo community in Kumasi has often complained about perceived stereotyping that has led to the killing of multiple Zongo youth over the past few months.

The leadership of the Zongo community in the Ashanti Region had vowed to rise against these killings.

They have been putting pressure on the government to release the report.

Source: citinewsroom

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