The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), have condemned the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, over his staunch support for the pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) vigilante group – Delta Force.
The group has been accused of perpetrating violence since President Nana Akufo-Addo was sworn into office on January 7, this year.
Thirteen members of the Delta Force are currently facing trial in a Kumasi circuit court for misconduct including assaulting the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Adjei.
Eight others, who were among the gang who on Thursday stormed the court room to free the 13 have been arrested and arraigned. They have been remanded into prison custody.
A statement signed by General Secretary of the GPCC, Samuel Y. Antwi,condemned the group’s activities and the support it had enjoyed from Mr. Agyapong until recently.
The statement said: “As a Council, we are appalled at some individuals within the ruling party, including a sitting Member of Parliament, whose tacit support and actions seem to be providing oxygen for these criminal elements to carry out these acts of impunity, having the potential of not only casting a slur on their own party leadership and government but undermining the authority of the presidency, thus eroding the confidence and goodwill that Ghanaians have reposed in the new administration.”
“To say the least, the Council sees the latest action by the Delta Forces as the highest act of contempt on our judiciary and a serious threat to our democracy, which must be nipped in the bud before they turn into a monster of unexploded political ordinances ready to explode in our faces in a few years to come if, we fail to deal with it collectively as a nation, ” the statement added.
It explained that for the President to publicly condemn the acts of these groups as criminals while addressing Parliament and recently in Kumasi in the presence of the Otumfuo, Asantehene and his call on the Police Service to act, attests to the seriousness of this cancer of political vigilantism in the country.
“While it is gratifying to note that the Ashanti Regional Police Command has taken the necessary steps in not only arresting some of those criminal elements who attacked the court and the judge, but have rearrested the original 13 Delta Force members standing trial.”
“The Council wishes to assure the entire judiciary of its unflinching support in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities in safeguarding the rule of law without fear of threats and intimidation.”