The attention of the Concerned Katangees of the University Hall (Katanga), KNUST has been drawn to the arrest of five students of the University Hall by the Police in Kumasi for “illegal gathering” at Maxima, about 3 kilometers away from the school premises which has been declared a security zone.
We view the arrest as a shameful, cowardly and crude way by the Ashanti Regional Security Council chaired by Hon. Simon Osei Mensah to stifle the freedom of students of the University Hall, to advance its selfish agenda of taking away the freedom of speech, of movement and the right to dissent from harmless adults.
We demand the immediate release of the said students and warn that Katanga would not countenance any unconstitutional and arbitrary show of power by the REGSEC and the university’s management as they have teamed up to further their populist quest at courting cheap public sympathy over their poor showing in the management of the school and security in the region.
The needless attack by the police unleashed by the Ashanti Regional Minister on unarmed students who had met for a fraternal engagement, was despicable, senseless and must be condemned by all.
We wish to serve notice that, Katanga shall not bow to any form of intimation by the REGSEC as we patiently await the recommendations by the Chancellor’s Committee.
We further reiterate that, much as we resolve to stand up to any form of oppression, the Concerned Katangees of the University Hall will not engage in or encourage any form of aggression towards established authority, but would continue to advance our course through dialogue and advocacy.
Fellows ….. CHARGE
Nana Kwadwo Minta
Collins Kankam Kwarteng