General Politics

Zanetor, Don’t Go There!

To seek to politicise the issue of murders in society especially, in recent times, is to display wanton ignorance about history.

Unfortunately, a young politician, Ezanetor Rawlings, still learning the ropes of politics, seeks to do just this as failure stares her in the face.

Those who tried this template earlier soon dropped this because, lies are not sustainable and will soon be exposed.

As Nkrabeah Effah Dartey, a retired Infantry Officer of the Ghana Army, pointed out unambiguously in a reaction to her dirty enterprise, she must shut up in especially, such matters, and do as her brother Kimati is doing.

We would rather the dark days of her late father’s days are not revisited. Doing so would rekindle the pain not only in many victims but their children and other offspring.

So many things happened to the freedoms in this country under her father’s watch. Some of the murders and disappearances which prevailed during her father’s junta are yet to be unraveled, their details covered by a cloak of lies.

From Britain to the US, bizarre murders have preoccupied the attention of law enforcement officers, Ghana not being an exception.

We are aware about the bloodshed guns have visited and continue to do in the US and would sneer at any attempt at creating unproductively, an impression that state failure is the reason why murders are taking place.

The police have been busy and are on the trail of these murders as they should do. Unfortunately, the public, not so security conscious, is not doing much to assist with information as much as they should do.

Let us remove the political lens when looking at the subject of murders and remember, they are perpetrated by bad persons who abound in every society. Suffice it to recall some bloody occurrences in the country which in those days, were not politicised.

On Tuesday, October 15, 1957, a man run amok in Ayigya near Kumasi shooting seven persons and scaring residents of the town and beyond.

On Wednesday April 29, 1958 government imposed a curfew in Jamestown following disturbances in the Accra segment. Restrictions were imposed on Lutterodt Street, Horse Road, Hansen Road, Curzon Avenue, a portion east of the Korle Lagoon and along the Old Winneba Road.

On December 10, 1958, the Police offered a hundred pounds for information leading to the discovery of a certain Miss Elizabeth Bower, 25-year-old Reuters reporter, who had gone missing from the Avenida Hotel in Accra.

Ghana was rocked by waves of armed robberies in November 1967 and armoured cars were deployed in Accra to operate as a strike force. It was a move intended to halt the activities of rings of violent robberies being recorded in Accra. More than four night watchmen were reportedly murdered by gangs of robbers.

When we politicise such matters, we end up watering the efforts of the law enforcement personnel to deal with these adequately.

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