NPP and NDC must disband political vigilante groups – Opuni-Frimpong

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By
Lydia Kukua Asamoah, GNA

Accra, Feb. 15, GNA –
The leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National
Democratic Congress (NDC) have been urged to take a decisive position and
disband their political vigilante groups to save the nation from future acts of
violence.

Reverend Dr Kwabena
Opuni-Frimpong, a Lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and
Technology, said the two leaders, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and
former President John Dramani Mahama, whose parties were noted to have such
vigilante groupings, must put a stop to their activities.

He said some members
of Parliament have also won power through the acts of vigilantism resulting in
some innocent people being harmed.

Rev Opuni-Frimpong,
who is also the immediate past General Secretary of the Christian Council of
Ghana, said: “The two leaders are the only ones who can say enough is enough
with these vigilante activities.”

Rev. Opuni-Frimpong
was briefing the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Accra on his return from
the Democratic Republic of Congo where he was part of an eight-member eminent
African Religious team tasked by the All African Conference of Churches (ACC)
in Nairobi, Kenya, to accompany church leaders to Congo to pursue post-election
peace and reconciliation.

He said it was
unfortunate that some members of the vigilante groups now wielded guns, shot
and maimed others.

He noted that in
war-torn countries like Congo, where violence became difficult to control,
there were always outside militias and groupings that operated aside the main
security apparatus who could be well coordinated or controlled.

Rev. Opuni-Frimpong
said there was no need to formalise any of the political vigilantes but rather
a total ban and disarming was what was needed to keep the country safe.

“We are not saying
that they should not mobilise their people to run errands for them, especially
during political rallies and campaigns, it is the act of militancy and violence
that must stop”.

Rev. Opuni-Frimpong
urged civil society groups, traditional leaders, business community and the
media to continuously condemn vigilantism and demand the political parties to
stop their operations before the general election in 2020.

“Ghana has a lot to
learn from war torn countries like Congo, which was doing all it could to
reverse the country into a peaceful atmosphere”.

He said the country
had come very far, and serving as a good example for many African countries
adding; “We should not do anything that would plunge the country into any
unfortunate situation.”

Rev. Opuni-Frimpong
appealed to all citizens to do all they could to allow Ghana’s democracy to
work.

“Ghana’s democracy
should work to a point that we will become a shining example on the African
Continent,” he said.

GNA



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