Batidam flays govt over vigilantism

Mr Batidam

Mr Batidam

Governance expert, Daniel Batidam has expressed worry over the inability of the government to crack the whip on vigilante activities.


He explained that the modus operandi of the vigilante groups was gradually

destabilising the county’s democracy and they must be stopped.


Mr Batidam, the former Ghana and West Africa’s representative on African Union (AU) Advisory Board on Corruption noted that their demand for accountability from the government was not misplaced, it must, however, be placed in context.


“It has to do with accountability, they [NPP vigilante groups] were made some promises by the political party [NPP] that they will be given some jobs and now they are demanding accountability.


“On the face, it may look like a legitimate demand but as a country, we must look beyond them as a group and ask how do we get our promises because if you take it beyond the group, it will also be the same for the citizenry.


“The answer to promises made by the political parties cannot be demanded through violence and causing panic, it’s a very dangerous thing happening in our politics, the Akufo-Addo-led administration should ensure the arrest and prosecution of his party’s affiliated vigilante groups that have caused several disturbances since the party won power 21 months ago.


“If the government fails to do that the fear is other group of persons may tow the lines of the vigilante groups, like the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has started.


“Very soon if it becomes clear that any group can get up and use any methods to subvert democracy, if lawlessness becomes legalised, other groups may take a cue and use methods that are unlawful and illegal to demand accountability as well, one day the politicians themselves will run, the advice goes to all politicians and not just those at the helm today,” Mr Batidam warned. –

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