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General News of Friday, 7 September 2018

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Killing of Zongo 7: Muntaka raises concern over delay in release of investigative report

Member of Parliament for Asawasi, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak, has told Joy News the mandate of the investigative committee on the killing of seven Zongo youth in Kumasi by police, has been extended.

He is unhappy the decision taken without recourse to interested parties was also not made public.

Alhaji Muntaka Mubarak says the development has the potential to create suspicion and raise tension among the people.

He spoke exclusively to JoyNews after the burial of four of the seven killed for suspected robbery about two months ago.

Identities of the five-member committee, chaired by a Justice of the High Court, have not been disclosed.

It is constituted by representatives of the Bureau of National Investigations and the clergy, including the Muslim Umma and an official of the Regional Coordinating Council is Secretary.

The committee was inaugurated on July 30 investigate and submit a report in one month, on how police shot and killed the seven at Manso-Nkwanta in the Amansie West District.

There are, however, reports its tenure has been extended by another two weeks at the time it was supposed to be winding up after all witnesses had reportedly appeared before it.

The MP joined hundreds at a prayer session at the Kumasi Central Market after the burial.

First, he wants government to resource the committee to work effectively.

"My prayer and plea to the government is that, whatever assistance the committee requires, they should be assisted to be able to finish [their work] because initially they were given one month. Now we are hearing that there is extension of two weeks."

He says the handling of the committee’s work could breed tension and public mistrust.

"Believe the more the committee's report delays, the more the tension builds up in our community because it creates suspicion; it creates misunderstanding. Look, it gives people some impression that people are trying to twist things," he said.

Alhaji Muntaka however called for calm among the youth in their quest to seek justice for the deceased colleagues.

Meanwhile, two other victims of Christians faith will be laid to rest on Saturday, after one of them was buried two weeks ago.

Final prayers for all the seven will take place on Sunday at the Central Mosque.