The Convention Peoples’ Party (CPP) has called on the Ghana Police Service to deal with politically tinted crime to restore the sanctity of our democratic dispensation.
“We must immediately depoliticise crime and deal with all breaches of the law without fear or favour.
All those illegal takeover of government properties, forceful eviction of public servants from their lawful state bungalows due to their purported association with the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) government, seizer of tollbooths, and toilets, dents our democratic credentials.”
“The police must immediately arrest and prosecute the culprits…these elements are not working in the interest of the state, democratic change of government is not a coup d’état and the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has not sanctioned such ferocious acts,” Professor Edmund N. Delle, the CPP Chairman told the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Accra yesterday.
Speaking on recent warlike annexation of state properties by elements purported to be associated with the ruling NPP, Prof. Delle said: “Democratically, transfer of power from a defeated government to opposition party who won an election is not a military invasion of seat of government, it is peaceful transfer of power.
“We are therefore under obligation to continue to engage and work in the interest of the state. We must not plant seeds of fear in out-going presidents and government functionaries that when they are out of power they will be harassed unduly and disgraced in public. That will amount to preparing the grounds for a defeated government to refuse to hand power in the near future in Ghana.
“On the other hand any person in government now or previous must understand the need to judiciously use state power invested in him or her through the will of the people. Those who trespass the laws must be dealt with thoroughly through legal means…we are a country built on the principles of the rule of law, freedom and justice…”
The CPP Chairman therefore condemned the recent takeovers, stressing that the possibility of criminal elements within society taking advantage of the transitional process to steal and loot public property cannot be ruled out whilst other elements may want to take political advantage of the environment to “teach their political opponents some lessons and exhibition of power”.
Prof. Delle who is also the leader of the CPP also tasked the media to stop painting crime with political colours; “the media quickly jumped to link people with political parties and influential people, a situation which creates enforcement challenge to the police administration.
“If the media removes the political robe they most often dress people with, the law enforcement bodies would have the courage to deal with crime professionally without looking behind whether a political super power or a big man/woman is coming to interfere.”
The CPP Chairman also called on the leadership of the NPP and NDC to restrain their members and send strong signal to all especially the foot soldiers that, “leadership of the parties will not protect those indulging in illegality and criminal activities whether for the party or not”.
He said political party executives – from the polling station level through to the national leadership must exhibit a high sense of leadership, direct affairs in the various parties and condemn unpatriotic behaviour of the supporters.
Prof. Delle noted that the new government needed the goodwill of all Ghanaians both home and abroad irrespective of their political, religious, ethnic affiliation, or status in society to govern effectively for accelerated development.
“We must therefore reduce political antagonism, character assassination and media prosecution and conviction…governance is not propaganda but serious business and the new government need conducive socio-economic environment to deliver on its campaign promises,” Prof Delle noted.