According to Dr. Vladimir Antwi-Danso, a security specialist, the continued disdain and show of authority by those in positions of power is the outcome of a lack of respect for the constitution.
He was reacting to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-suspension Addo’s of Abdul-Mumin Issah, the Municipal Chief Executive Officer (MCE) for Sekondi-Takoradi.
The MCE is accused of committing a traffic violation and verbally assaulting a police officer who was doing his job.
The MCE has been charged with assaulting a public official, offensive conduct conducive to breaches of the peace, and disturbing the peace in a public place, all of which are in violation of Sections 205, 207, and 298 of the Criminal and Other Offences Act of 1960, Act 29.
He has also been accused with unsafe driving, according to the Command, in violation of Section 1 of Act 683 of 2004 as amended by Act 761 of 2008.
“On Wednesday, February 2, 2022, the MCE, who was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser with the registration number GE 5615-20, is accused of driving aggressively and carelessly while approaching a police snap checkpoint at the Kwasimintsim cemetery.
“When one of the on-duty police officers attempted to stop him, he verbally abused and threatened him,” the police said in a statement.
The following is what happened between the MCE of Sekondi-Takoradi and the police officer.
Dr. Vladimir Antwi-Danso, on the other hand, believes that institutions of authority should be allowed to exercise their powers without interference from outside forces.
He said that once this is done, incidents like these will no longer occur.
“All of this demonstrates that we haven’t grasped the fundamentals of constitutionalism and institutionalism.” The institutions must embrace their autonomy and the fact that they exist solely to carry out the provisions of the constitution. “I believe that if we do everything, people in positions of authority will respect institutions,” he remarked.