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‘Low point’ Ejura shooting worse than 1948 ex servicemen violence; worse worse – Kwaku Azar laments

Renown Academic, Prof Stephen Kwaku Asare popularly known as Kwaku Azar has described the Ejura shooting as worse than the fate of 1948 ex service men shot on the orders of Superintendent Imray.

According to him, even in the military regimes of the 70s and 80s, he cannot recall when a military man took the knee to shoot protesting civilians.

“I cannot recall the military kneeling to take aim at protesting civilians under the military regimes.”

He described the Ejura shooting as a new low point offering condolences to the bereaved.

“Ejura is a new low point at par with, or perhaps worse than, Imray. But Ejura did not suddenly happen. The signs were there for all to see, whether it was the military raid of parliament, Kudahgate, etc. When people get away with “little big” things, they shoot for “big big” things. The “konkotiba” undergoes metamorphosis and becomes an “Aponkyrene.” But we saw Ejura coming and did not do enough to stop it”

On the 1948 ex servicemen shooting, he had to this to add:

“Even the colonial police rejected Superintendent Imray’s order to fire at unarmed protestors, leaving the Superintendent to do his own shooting.

Of course, that 28 February, 1948 incident was greeted with nationwide outrage, boycotts and was a turning point in our March for self-government.”


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