Dealing with political vigilantism Mr IGP, please come again!

 

LAST week we used this medium to state our position on the danger political vigilante groups portend for this country and how it should be dealt with going forward.

WE made it clear that political vigilantism is dangerous not only for our growing multi-party democracy, but also for our safety.

IN fact, that is the more reason many Ghanaians are increasingly gravely worried, especially in the wake of the violence that characterised the Ayawaso West parliamentary bye-election.  And many are wondering what will become of the 2020 poll and beyond.

THE reason we stressed the need in our Monday, Feb., 12, 2019 editorial comment that we have reached the fork of the road where as a country we must take the bull-by-the-horns decision on political vigilantism.

THAT direct way of dealing with political vigilante groups lies with our national security agencies, particularly the Ghana Police Service, whose mandate it is to ensure domestic security.  And they must not fail in this matter that bothers on national security.

HOWEVER, we do not see that zeal to deal with political vigilantism on the part of the police.  In fact, on countless times the police have looked toothless when they are confronted with this creature called political vigilantism.  Either they stand aloof and watch these hoodlums perpetuate heinous crimes or they join the fray.

SOMETIMES, it appears the police forget their role of protecting lives and properties.  It is against this backdrop that Today is not enthused at the appeal to political parties to disband their vigilante groups.

IN the first place why would the Inspector General of Police, David Asante-Appeatu, appeal in the face of something that is illegal in the eyes of the law?  We had expected the IGP to give a directive for all political vigilante groups to disband, cautioning that failure to comply with this directive will lead to arrest and prosecution of any person caught in the web of political vigilantism.

THATToday believes, would have sent a clear message to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).  For after all these are the two political parties that are growing political vigilantism in their backyards and using it for their selfish interests, without regard for the citizenry.

MORE SO, dealing with the political vigilantism would require that our security agencies act independently of the executive.  In that manner there would be no respect for any political vigilante group.

IT is about time we all joined to say no to political vigilantism!

 

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