The impunity for crimes must stop!

THERE is so much impunity for various shades of crimes in this country.  Sadly, some of these crimes are carried out by vigilante groups of the so-called main political parties—the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

TALK about the HAWKS of the NDC and the Delta Force and Invincible Forces of the NPP and one would not be far from telling the obvious truth.

THIS is very worrying, to say the least!  Especially when crimes by these vigilante groups are perpetuated in the full public view, all in the name the fact that their party is in government.

ALSO, on countless occasions we have seen how demonstrations have become violent in this country, leading to the destruction of loads of private and state properties.  An example is a recent demonstration by students of the Kwame Nkrumah Science and Technology (KNUST), which started as a peaceful protest, but later became extremely violent, which culminated in the destruction of huge properties.

WE as journalists and media workers have also had our fair share of this impunity motivated crimes.  We have seen journalists who have been beaten in the line of duty for obviously no provocation.

INDEED these continuous impunities in our society should be a bother to all of us!  Funny enough we also see this impunity for crimes happen right under the noses of our law enforcers.

AND that has often given the perpetrators of such impunities the boldness to carry on, knowing very well that nothing would be done to them.

AS the world observed International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI) (November 2), it is imperative that we go beyond the maltreatment meted out against journalists in the course of their duties.

THIS is a day, which honours the memory of two French journalists, Ghislaine Dupont, and Claude Verlon, who were killed by terrorists in Northern Mali on November 2, 2013.  And since then the day has been observed worldwide ostensibly to highlight and condemn all forms of attacks and violence against journalists and media practitioners.

WHILE condemning attacks on journalists and media workers, it is important that we broadly also look at some of the impunity with which some Ghanaians and our security agencies act.

IN the view of Today, these excesses do not bode well for our multi-party democracy.  Rather they cast a slur on our practicing democracy.

THUS, we urge our security agencies to be firm in dealing with people who act with impunity.  That, we believe, would help curb the impunity four crimes in this country.



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