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'We Want Ya-Na Killers Now!'

2010-03-30 21:02:47
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Ya Naa Yakubu
The family of the late Overlord of Dagbon, Ya-Na Yakubu Andani, has vented its spleen on President Mills for failing to give them justice, as he promised during the 2008 electioneering campaign, in exchange for their votes.

At a press briefing to commemorate the 8th Anniversary of the murder of Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II in Accra on Saturday, the family contended that President Mills and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) had reneged on their promise, after having secured their vote to oust the New Patriotic Party (NPP) from office, to further prevent them from covering up the heinous crime meted out to their king and forty others.

"The sincerity of the NPP and President Kufuor to deliver justice to the Andani family and the people of Dagbon has always been questionable. This explains why members of the Andani family turned to the National Democratic Congress, especially, as the party explicitly stated in its manifesto that it would revisit the events of March 27th 2002, and ensure that the perpetrators of the crime are apprehended, and made to face the full rigours of the laws of Ghana.

"We have fulfilled our promise, and delivered the Andani vote to the NDC. The Andani vote was mobilised around the promise by the NDC to deliver justice in the matter relating to the murder of Ya Na Andani II, and forty others who perished with him on that fateful day. The Andani family alone delivered ten parliamentary seats to the NDC from the Northern Region alone, and ensured that all the Andani votes in all Northern communities scattered around the country, were mobilised to bolster the tally of the presidential candidate of the NDC. It is therefore not a favour by the NDC to deliver justice in this matter, it is a moral obligation to fulfill its own promise, which is contained in its manifesto," noted the spokesperson for the family and Regent of Kpatinga, Abudulai Mohammad Baba.

Then candidate Mills, according to the family, promised to bring the killers of the Dagbon overlord to justice within three months, upon assumption of office, if voted into power, but after 14 months and 22 days in office, nothing has been heard of the case.

"We regret to note that following assumption of power by the NDC, it is becoming increasingly clear that the hopes of the Andani family, invested in the new political wind of change, seem to have been misplaced.

One year into the administration of the NDC, we still do not see any attempt at even starting the process towards ensuring justice for Ya Na Yakubu Andani II, and forty others who were murdered alongside with him. If nothing is done about the situation, we shall advise ourselves in election 2012," fumed Hajia Sena Mahama, an elder of the Andani family, and Abudulai Mohammad Baba, in joint statement to the applause of the Dagomba community that thronged the premises of the KAMA Conference Centre to render their support to the bereaved family.

The family, however, believes that time has not yet run out for President Mills to make amends to the commitment of the rule of law, as stated in the NDC manifesto, since failure in his four-year term, "would have been an accomplice in the culture of impunity that the NPP created in Dagbon."

After the crisis, then President Kufuor set up the Wuaku Commission to look into the circumstances that led to the gruesome murder of the late overlord of Dagbon.

The Committee (Wuaku Committee), however, failed in its assignment, leading to the appointment of the Otumfuo Committee of Eminent Chiefs to look into the traditional aspect of the crisis. This committee (Otumfuo Committee of Eminent Chiefs) also, has so far, not been successful in its mandate.

The Andani family has attributed the committee's (Otumfuo Committee of eminent chiefs) failure, to the consistent interference in its work by some government officials at that time, to suppress the truth and to facilitate the performance of the final funeral rites of the late Mahamadu Abdulai in the Gbewa Palace.

According the family, the aforementioned committees were all set up as a plot to cover up the crime, and therefore accused then President Kufuor of conniving with his top security operatives to inflict wounds in the heart of the Andani family.

The family said it was disappointed in the Police Service and other security agencies of the country that picked the matter up, for doing too little to save the situation, after having identified some suspects when the family officially reported the case to them.

"We believe that it was a giant conspiracy, where people in high positions were involved. But, no matter how the situation will be, the truth will surely come out day," noted Alhaji Issah Munkaila, Chief of the Dagomba community at Madina.

The patience of members and sympathisers of the NDC seems to getting out of hand, looking at the slow pace with which President Mills is steering the affairs of the country.

It is gradually becoming a phenomenon by aggrieved members of the NDC fraternity to prompt the President into action, by continuously piling pressure on him, by voicing their grievances in public.

Not too long ago, some chiefs in the Volta Region descended on President Mills to demand from him a promise he made to them during the electioneering campaign.

Their plea yielded results, when a few days after, the Minister of Roads and Highways, Mr. Joe Gidisu, commissioned some road projects in the region.

Just last Thursday, some irate youth of the NDC, fed up with the silent action of the President, went to the NDC headquarters to demand for immediate removal of the leader of the Confiscated Assets Committee, Carl Wilson, citing his conduct in public office as denting the image of the party.

President Mills, apparently, swiftly responded to their demands, and relieved Carl Wilson of his post.

But, since then, some government officials have come out publicly to state that the action of the President was not in respect of the action taken by the aggrieved NDC youth.


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