Assault of CSU Student: Imani Africa President condemns political violence, calls for punishment of perpetrators

The President of IMANI Africa, a prominent Ghanaian policy think tank, has strongly condemned political violence in Ghana, following reports of an alleged assault on a Christian Service University (CSU) student by a bodyguard of NDC flagbearer John Dramani Mahama.

In a Facebook post on Friday, June 21, 2024, Franklin Cudjoe stated that all forms of political violence in the country must not be tolerated. He called for the perpetrators of what he described as “heinous beating” to be found and punished, saying such actions have no place in Ghana’s democratic process.

“Please political violence of all kind must not be tolerated. The perpetrators of this heinous beating must be found, punished.”

The president of IMANI Africa also urged all individuals who may be planning to express their opposition at political gatherings, especially where the stakes are high, to do so in a peaceful manner, cautioning them to “just mutter the words slowly to (them)self” rather than engage in any form of open confrontation.

“To all persons intending to shout their opposition at such events, please just mutter the words slowly to self. If you intend doing otherwise, please be safe.”

It would be recalled that a student of Christian Service University (CSU) whose name was given as Nana Boakye, an organizer of NPP’s campus youth wing, TESCON, said he was assaulted by bodyguard of John Dramani Mahama, flagbearer of NDC.

According to Nana Boakye, he ‘disagreed’ with John Dramani Mahama during a lecture he was delivering as part of his campaign activity in the school. This he said angered the former president’s protection to pounce on him and allegedly assaulted him.

An allegation which was since refuted by the NDC Ashanti Regional Secretary Dr Frank Amoakohene on Metro TV’s News Night with Sandra Ampofoa Ofosu on Thursday, June 20, 2024, describing it as a “palpable falsehood”, questioning why the said Nana Boakye did not file a Police complaint.

By: Bright Yao Dzakah | | Ghana

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