The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is promising to investigate high profile cases of gruesome murders, especially that of investigative journalist, Ahmed Hussein Suale and Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa North Constituency, Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu, if it win the 2020 general elections.
According to the opposition party, the next NDC government headed by John Mahama, will launch investigations into other unresolved issues and implement in full, the Ayawaso Bye Election gun brutalities captured in the Emile Short Commission of Enquiry report.
The NDC flagbearer who gave the assurance while launching the party's 2020 manifesto themed: 'People's Manifesto: Jobs, Prosperity and more', on Monday at the University of Professional Studies – Accra, said, "We will commence investigation into the death of Ahmed Suale and other unsolved issues including the murder of J.B Danquah."
Ahmed Hussein Suale, who was an undercover investigative journalist and an associate of award winning investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, was shockingly murdered on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.
Assailants reportedly rode on a motorbike and shot him thrice: twice in the chest and once in his neck, while the journalist was in a moving car in Madina, apparently heading home.
Before his death, Assin Central MP, Kenney Agyapong on live television station, threatened the deceased, but despite reporting the threat on his life to the police, he was killed without protection.
Efforts by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service (GPS), to find the murderers, it appears their investigations, have hit a snag.
The deceased played a key role in Tiger Eye Private Investigations which unraveled corruption in the Ghana Football Association (GFA) presided over by removed President, Kwesi Nyantakyi in the documentary named "Number 12".
In the case of J.B Danquah Adu, who was murdered in 2016 in his Shiashi home in Accra, the accused has been remanded in prison custody for four years without the trial showing signs of progress.
Though the key suspect, Daniel Asiedu aka Sexy Dongdong, has leveled allegations and made videos from his prison cell and mentioned names, the police are yet to give the public any progress report. In one of his claims after implicating the NPP, the judge suggested that the accused be sent for psychiatric examination.
The Attorney General and Ministry of Justice, keeps changing the facts of the case, allowing the matter to travel this far.
A former NPP MP, for Obuasi West, had claimed he saw CCTV footage which gives information as to who could have possibly been behind his colleague's murder, but the authorities appear disinterested.
On the Ayawaso West Wuogon Bye Election brutalities, many have expressed disappointment at government handling of its own enquiry by eminent citizens headed by a former Commissioner of the Commission on Human Right and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) Emile Short.
Despite the Commission implicating officials of National Security, appointees and security officers, the government only issued a white paper shielding the accused some of whom were recommended for prosecution.
On her part, the running mate of the NDC's flagbearer, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang, promised the party will abolish medical charges for sexual assault victims.
One of the challenges in securing justice after a sexual assault incident is a victim being required to pay for a medical examination fees.
For years, when victims of sexual assault such as rape file their complaints with the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Police Service, they are required to submit a medical examination for investigation..
However, most of these victims have had to stop the fight for justice because they are charged up to GH¢800 for the medical examination. Many including women activists, individuals, have been campaigning to get it abolished, to help victims of rape and defilement,seek justice.
This means, a lot of rape cases are either not reported or not pursued when the victim cannot raise the funds. This means the victims will receive free medical care which will secure justice for them.
"We intend to abolish all charges for medical examinations for victims of sexual assault. It is a grotesque disincentive for many more so the poorer they are. That is morally unacceptable, and there is no justice in that", she said.
The former Education Minister, who has been championing issues of women, children and the under privilege, said the next government will also extend maternity leave from the current three months to four months and introduce seven-day paternity leave.
"We will amend the law to provide four (4) months maternity leave, in addition to existing legal maternity provisions and grant seven days (7) paternity leave:"
She said the extension of the maternity leave from three to four months, would safeguard the health of the nursing mother and the child.
The vice presidential candidate said the next NDC administration would establish a Cancer and Kidney Disease Trust Fund (CKDF) to support afflicted Ghanaians who needed assistance.
"We will establish a cancer and kidney disease trust fund, to support Ghanaians who need assistance for such conditions". This comes at a time life threatening diseases mostly referred to as life-style illnesses like cancer, kidney failure, diabetes, pressure have been claiming a section of the Ghanaian populace.
This will come as a big relief tofamilies and friends who have been resortingto begging in the media especially social media for support for treatment as treatment is very expensive.
She said a Professor Jacob Plange-Rhule Endowment Fund, for medical and surgical specialists training would be established.
Prof. Plange-Rhule was the director of the Physicians and Surgeons who reportedly died of the novel COVID-19.
Training of Physician Assistants and emergency physicians would be scaled up.
The next NDC government would implement tax waivers to assist health workers to acquire means of transport to respond to emergency calls.
She said they would establish a housing scheme for health workers and provide residential facilities at all health facilities for health workers.
The next NDC administration would construct Regional Hospitals in the six new regions, and the Western Region and provide district hospitals in districts without one.
Chairman of the NDC's manifesto committee, Prof. Kwaku Danso Boafo, said the document was divided into six main themes. He dispelled notion from their opponents the NPP that they did not have the intellectuals to put together their manifesto; reason they resorted to the ordinary people, groups and associations for their inputs.
According to him, the manifesto has views and ideas from all walks of life. Outlining the thematic areas, he said the first one is fixing the economy and uniting against poverty. This they believe will address the issues confronting the economy and contribute to poverty alleviation.
The second was promoting human development across all sectors of the economy and the third providing infrastructure for growth. Under the third theme is the popular big push where the party will be investing in infrastructure.
Fourth is creating sustainable and decent jobs and five, good governance, anti-corruption and accountable governance. The last focuses on deepening international relations and affairs.
Other members of the committee were; Minority Leader ,Haruna Iddrisu, a Deputy General Secretary, Peter Boamah Otokunor, and Dr. William Ahadzie, the Rector of NDC's Ghana Institute of Social Democracy.
Also, the committee had on board, presidential aspirants, Dr. Ekow Spio-Garbrah, Augustus Goosie Tanoh, former Gender and Social Protection Minister, Nana Oye , former Education Minister, Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, Alex Mould, and Sam P Yalley.
The rest are Dr Rahid Haruna, Sebastian Dery, Napoleon Kpoh, Fiifi Opoku, Benedicta Lassi, Dr. AlhassanYakubu, Michael Abbey, Mavis Frimpong and Prof. Asiamah.