Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has cautioned political parties to be on the lookout for the activities of people he describes as conflict entrepreneurs behind vigilante groups, who can destabilise the country.
According to him, “the activities of these groups if not put in check can easily plunge the country into chaos in the name of politics, currently, a dialogue has been initiated among the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to deal with the canker while the government has presented a bill to parliament on the same issue”.
Speaking at a media encounter on the Vigilantism and Related Offences Bill 2019, Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu called for support of all to deal with the matter insisting that “we should not be ignorant of conflict entrepreneurs both within and outside the borders, whom for their selfish gains fund the vendors, if we don’t extinguish quickly enough, it can escalate from boot for boot to bomb for bomb, we should be careful”.
Ben Abdallah, the Chairman of the Committee, maintained that the committee was considering the bill and was awaiting inputs from stakeholders, while the ranking member, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini indicated that nothing had been done about the bill and held the view the president was out of touch with reality over the bill.
Alhaji Fuseini, who is also the Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, noted that “although all committee members at the meeting agreed to treat the bill as urgent, the government through the Attorney-General has done nothing to ensure the passage of the bill.
“It is priority for the government because it has come to parliament through Attorney- General under the certificate of urgency, committee members accepted position of the government, it is important to deal with the canker of vigilantism, it can be a threat to our democracy, we should not under any circumstance tolerate impunity.
“We accepted the bill hasn’t come to parliament under a certificate of urgency requiring of us to wave requirements under article 106 2B which mandates the Attorney-General to gazette it which requires 14 days notice.
“When we went for the committee meeting, we all agreed to accept the bill as urgent nature, absolutely nothing is happening on the bill in parliament, if you hear a comment, it is a footnote because the president is out of touch,” Alhaji Fuseini reiterated.