May 22, 2019

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Zongo youth group demands report on Asawase police killings

Zongo youth group demands report on Asawase police killings

The Concerned Zongo Youth Association in the Ashanti Region, is calling  for the release and speedy  implementation of a report by the independent committee set up by government to investigate the killing of seven young men in Asawase.

Sadick Alhaji Hussein, Secretary of the Concerned Zongo Youth, is of the view that making the report public, will dispel all kinds of rumors and perceptions about the killings.

Sadick Alhaji Hussein in an interview with Citi News, noted that the findings of the Committee, will vindicate the Zongo communities in the region as well as the slain youth.

“It has not come to the public domain yet, but we can also preempt to know the content so basically we are of the belief that our people will be vindicated. We believe that our brothers were not armed robbers as was alleged. We want to believe that the report will vindicate us with time.”

“Almost every individual is saying one thing or the other about the report, so if the report is released and everybody gets to know the content,  I want to believe that it will tone down the perceptions and the allegations people are making on that matter.”

He explained that media reports of confusion in some Zongo communities in the region, is as a result of the delay in the release of the committee’s findings.

“What can cure the confusion is that the report should be out. For us even by next week Monday, if the report is out, we want to believe that it is going to help us,” he explained.

Killing of seven Zongo youth: Culprits won’t be spared – Hamid

Former Information Minister, Mustapha Abdul Hamid, reassured residents of Asawase of government’s commitment to unraveling the truth in the shooting incident.

He said whoever is found culpable after the committee’s work will not be spared.

“…the committee will do a thorough job and ensure that nothing is covered up. Whoever is culpable, blamable, it will be laid squarely and bare,” he said in a Citi News interview.

Protests over killing of 7 Zongo youths

In July this year, hundreds of youth from the Zongo community trooped to Kumasi Central Mosque to register their displeasure over the killings of 7 Zongo youths.

The Police in a media briefing on the death of the youth said the 7 were 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 insist the seven men were not robbers, and yet were painfully killed.

The Zongo community in Kumasi has in the past had cause to complain over 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 have vowed to rise against these killings.

By: Jude Mensa Duncan/citinewsroom.com/Ghana

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