Nana Akua Frimpong Bonsu, a parent of one of the students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) who was recently arrested, has questioned the silence of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Minister of Education, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh, on the recent violent clash between students and some security officers on campus.
One of the students is currently on admission at the KNUST Hospital after he was allegedly manhandled by the school’s internal security during a vigil on campus.
Eleven others, including an alumnus, were also arrested and handed over to the police after they were said to have defied the ban on such activities usually called “morale” on campus.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the KNUST, Kwame Yeboah, the ban was placed following the conversion of all male halls into mixed halls.
He explained that the decision was arrived at because “the school authorities felt that the ‘morale’ activities, which involves singing in groups while moving about and doing other things could disturb the peace on campus”, adding that, “Usually when they have these activities, it causes problems at the school.”
According to him, the students and the alumni, however, went ahead to hold the vigil and consequently blocked the entrances to the school, thus, preventing students from entering the halls.
“The security at the school tried to stop the students but these students started to throw stones at the security officers,” Mr. Yeboah said.
Speaking to Kwabena Prah Jnr (The Don) on Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM on Monday, 22 October, Ms. Bonsu accused the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso, of deliberately frustrating the students.
“Why are the president and the Minister of Education silent on what Obiri-Danso is doing at KNUST,” she wondered, adding: “This same Obiri-Danso prevented Nana Addo from holding a rally on campus but it took the intervention of some of the TESCON members to enable him to hold the rally.”
She added: “My son who was also arrested did no wrong and I will seek justice for him.”