Former UN advisor on governance and co-founder of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) Professor Baffuor Agyeman-Duah says the Kaaka Family’s snub of the ministerial committee investigating the Ejura shootings is an indictment on the committee and its work.
The family in a statement, though expressed their appreciation to President Nana Akufo-Addo for his decision to instruct the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, to institute a committee of inquiry, explained that the events in the past few days have left them with little confidence in the work of the committee
“However, events over the past few days, have left less certain of the scope, focus, real intent and even utility of the ongoing inquiry. As such, we feel let down in our enthusiasm for what we assumed would provide a much-needed opportunity for truth, soul-searching and institutional accountability for state-sanctioned violence.” the statement said
Reacting to the development on Accra based GHOne TV, Professor Agyeman-Duah described the situation as disturbing and an indictment on the work of the committee.
“Actually that is very disturbing, as someone who follows governance. You see whenever people begin to lose faith in institutions of governance because this commission by the way is an institution of governance, it has been created just to do that, so if people begin to have doubt and lose faith it becomes a huge challenge for the effectiveness of governance”. The governance expert noted
He continued “so if the family of Kaaka has decided not to appear before the committee for me, I think it’s a serious indictment. It means, number one, they don’t have any fate in the processes that have been set in place to enquire into the circumstances surrounding the death of their family member. Two, and a larger question is the whole public not going to maintain its faith in the commission assuming that they did have it in the first place.”
Professor Agyeman-Duah added the withdrawal of the family from the committee hearing will cast a shadow of doubt on the final work of the committee.
“So if the family and the whole public is doubting the efficacy of the commission then I am afraid we are facing even a larger problem beyond what we are currently facing which is when people lose faith in institutions”. Prof. Ayeman-Duah said
He has urged the committee to engage the family on the sidelines and convince them to rescind their decision so that the committee can have a credible outcome.
“I think the commission should find some private ways to approach the family to assure them of the diligence and sincerity of their work so that they can appear. Because if such an important part of the whole investigation misses out, I think it is going to some cloud over the final investigations. So I think it is important that they find a way to get all stakeholders in this matter to appear before it so that their report to the government is complete”.
Meanwhile government, through the Minister for the Interior, has granted a week one extension requested by the three member committee probing the Ejura disturbances. The committee said the extension of the timeline was necessary to enable it complete its work.