Former President Jerry John Rawlings has stated that political violence in Ghana got entrenched in the country due to the actions and omissions of the political leadership in the country especially after 2008, the period in which former President John Dramani Mahama and the late Prof. Mills took over the leadership of the country.
The former president noted that very little attempt was being made to prevent violence by agents of the leading political forces within the country adding that those who are bent on using violence to achieve their aims must be prepared to answer for their actions.
“By our actions and omissions, especially after 2008, we contributed immensely to laying the bed we now find ourselves in.
Mr. Rawlings was addressing the media after visiting Edem Tekpli, a Parliamentary Candidate Hopeful of the NDC at Medifem Hospital at Westlands.
Mr. Tekpli was attacked at Ho at dawn on Thursday by unknown assailants who slapped, hit him and stabbed him thrice. He was initially treated at a hospital in Ho before he later traveled to Accra for a review.
Yaro Ishawu was hit by a bullet when armed men believed to be national security operatives stormed the residence of the NDC aspirant for the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election while the election was underway.
Six people were injured and sent to the Legon Hospital, but Ishawu who suffered a broken leg was subsequently referred to the 37 Military Hospital.
According to Mr. Rawlings, Mr. Tekpli, was the victim of “our own internal violent machinery against the colleague of an aspiring parliamentarian.”
Mr. Rawlings said the aspirant had used most of his savings to provide water for some of the villages in his constituency but ended up receiving a telephone call from an executive in his constituency warning him to keep off such activities and to slow down.
“We are not doing enough to contain and prevent the use of violence from without, but also from within our own,” he said.
The former President also visited Yaro Ishawu, a victim of the La-Bawaleshie shooting incident at the 37 Military Hospital.