Govt must take blame for party vigilantism challenges—Christian Council

Rev. Opuni-Frimpong

Rev. Opuni-Frimpong

The Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) has called on the government to take a decisive measure against political party vigilantism in the country.
It said the government must first admit the challenges the New Patriotic Party (NPP)-affiliated vigilante groups are causing in the country, and find a way to clamp down on their activities.
The General Secretary of CCG, Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, expressed shock at the violent attacks by the vigilante groups despite the “voice of wisdom” of the President urging them to refrain from all unlawful acts.

“We are done with the elections, we are done with the transition and now everybody is praying that the new administration will have space to govern.
“You have party members, not the opposition, people from within who have gathered courage and cannot be stopped.
“What we are saying is that at least the government must admit that all is not well, the people from their own circle have gathered courage, even when the president has spoken, they can defy the voice of wisdom,” he bemoaned.

The commitment of the Akufo-Addo government was called into question following heightened acts of violence undertaken by vigilante groups affiliated to the NPP.

In most of the instances, arrests are not made, and in the few instances of arrests, the suspects are either released later or serve lenient punishments when they are tried in court.

Critics of the government, who have questioned the party’s commitment in dealing with vigilante groups acting lawlessly in their name, were emboldened last week when another group of rampaging NPP youth, invaded a police station and freed party communicators who were in police custody.

But according to the National Youth Organiser of the party, Sammy Awuku, the party cannot be blamed for the lawless acts.

Reacting to allegations of lack of commitment in dealing with the matter, he insisted the party had not sanctioned any group to carry out any such offense, and that the police must act decisively.

Mr Awuku asked the security agencies to deal with anyone found to have flouted the country’s laws without party considerations. –

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