Review of the Year – Politics: 2020 in our sights Featured

By News Desk report January 04, 2020 1599 353 comments

The year moved in a zigzag fashion, from slaps in Ayawaso West Wuogon to the take-off of a landmark agreement between Accra and Beijing to an aborted referendum.

February: Violence mars Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election

The January 31 by-election in Ayawaso West Wuogon, Greater Accra Region, turned bloody near a polling station when gunshots were fired by National Security operatives. At least four people were reportedly injured following a standoff between Special Weapons and Tactics agents and supporters of the candidate for the opposition National Democratic Congress. The violence led to the establishment of the Short Commission, public hearings broadcast live on national TV, a Commission report, and draft legislation to counter vigilantism.

March: Parliament suspends passage of RTI Bill

There was yet another hiccup in the progress of landmark legislation to improve public institutional accountability as Parliament suspended passage of the Right to Information (RTI) Bill, 18 years after the law was first proposed. The decision followed a directive by the Speaker, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, that the third reading of the bill – the final step – be deleted from the order paper of the House. The bill finally became law on March 26 and will take effect in 2020.

April: Akufo-Addo swears in Ministers for Bono and Oti

President Akufo-Addo swore in the ministers for Oti and Bono, two of the six new regions created through a referendum on December 27 2018. At a ceremony at Jubilee House in Accra, Evelyn Ama Kumi Richardson (Bono) and Kwasi Owusu Yeboah (Oti) swore oaths of office, secrecy and allegiance.

June: Freddie Blay on contempt charges

The chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Freddie Blay, faced committal proceedings for contempt of court at an Accra high court. The charges related to his failure to respond to several requests by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice to provide it with information about 275 buses he donated to NPP constituency branches in the lead-up to the party’s delegates’ conference in 2018.

August: NDC parliamentary primaries