Victim cries to govt over replacement of eye

Benjamin Kabutey

Benjamin Kabutey

Benjamin Kabutey has appealed to government to bear the cost of surgery of the replacement of his eye, as recommended by a committee of enquiry, set up to investigate an incident, during which, he lost his eye.

The victim lost one eye during a clash between commercial drivers and the police in 2008, at Ashaiman, in the Greater Accra Region, but government has failed to abide by the committee’s recommendation.

Mr.  Kabutey on Tuesday June 3, 2008,   had gone to the Ashaiman lorry station to board a vehicle to a construction site at Weija, Accra, where he worked as a labourer, only to be hit in the right eye by a stray bullet, and was currently wearing a temporary eye that he paid for in 2012,

Two persons, an 11-year-old boy, and a 24-year-old driver, also lost their lives in the accident, during which the gun of a policeman went off.

A confrontation between the drivers at the station and police stemmed from the arrest of some drivers for violating traffic regulations, which was fueled by an allegation that one of them had died in police custody as a result of harassment.

Kabutey in an interview with the Ghanaian Times said that letters sent to the Attorney-General’s Office and Ministry for the Interior, to claim his entitlement, have not yielded positive results.

The committee of enquiry formed after a nationwide outcry, chaired by Mr. Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga, a Court of Appeal Judge,  recommended that  Mr. Kabutey  be paid GH¢415.00 for his initial medical expenses.

Aside paying for the surgery for the fitting of an artificial eye, government was to pay him GH¢3, 000 since he was maimed for life, but he has not received any of these entitlements.

On December 21, 2009, he wrote to the Ministry of Justice, and received a reply dated January 19, 2010, signed by Mrs. Amma A. Gaisie, Solicitor–General for the ministry, stating that his request had been referred to the Ministry of the Interior for the necessary action to be taken.

 

By Jonathan Donkor

 

 

 

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