The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has cast doubt on the potential of the Vigilantism and Related Offences Bill to curb vigilantism in the country because the passage of the new law is an exercise in futility.
Parliament on Monday passed the bill after months of deliberations, and the party attributed the increasing cases of vigilantism activities to the inability of successive governments to implement dictates of existing laws.
Reacting to the passage of the bill, Asiedu Nketia, the General Secretary of the NDC, accused the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) of lacking the political will to fight vigilantism.
“It won’t bring any impact at all on the fight against vigilantism, I don’t think that is the way to go if we are serious about the fight against vigilantism, because first of all, nobody has established that the war against vigilantism is proceeding because of inadequacy of the law.
” I am fully convinced that the existing law is capable of dealing with the situation, the challenge has been the lack of implementation of the existing laws, so if you had another law and the existing laws are not implemented, it is not going to impact on anything because if you bring more laws, they conflict with each other,” he said.
Parliament on Monday read for the third time and passed the Vigilantism and Related Offences Bill 2019, which is expected to among other things curtail political thuggery and rid the country’s body politic of rancour.
The bill was laid amid disagreement from the Minority in Parliament and the NDC that pointed out that a bipartisan engagement which had then been initiated, was the way to go. -citinewsroom.com