8th October, 2018
POLITICAL PARTY VIGILANTES HAVE NO SPACE IN GHANA’S DEMOCRATIC CULTURE
The National Commission for Civic Education, NCCE, expresses its repulsion at confirmed reports by self styled leaders of the vigilante group, Delta Force associated with the ruling political party, NPP, who have struck again. This time, the act of vigilantism occurred in the Tafo Pankrono Constituency where the Member of Parliament for the constituency, Honourable Dr. Akoto Osei was meeting constituency executives. The meeting was disrupted by Delta Force vigilantes whose acts threatened the MP and executives present. Delta Force hoodlums have become notorious for the use of force and violence and total disregard for law and order.
The Commission has repeatedly expressed its revulsion at political party vigilantes, particularly of the two main political parties who take the law into their hands and cause social dislocation. After 25 years of democratic governance, it is unacceptable for any group of persons to commit such acts that undermine the rule of law and democracy.
NCCE reiterates that political party vigilantes have no place or space in our democratic culture. Leadership of the NPP must demonstrate to the people of Ghana that the law applies equally to all by actively pursuing security agencies and the judiciary to swiftly and decisively prosecute vigilante groups.
The NCCE holds the considered view that the apparent leniency with which Delta Force vigilantes were handled when they struck at law courts to free their fellow perpetrators has further emboldened them to continue to act with such impunity.
The NCCE will not cease to condemn, name and shame vigilantism and all acts of lawlessness because of the risk it poses to the country’s democratic stability, social security, investor confidence and peaceful co-existence of all Ghanaians amongst other factors.
This is a national crisis. The security agencies must hasten investigations into the latest incident and bring the deviants to book. Political party stalwarts must also call their members to order and remind them that no individual or group of persons can hold the country to ransom under the guise of political party vigilantism. Political party leaders must genuinely exhibit to Ghanaians that they respect the rule of law. They must show commitment to peace and national stability by disbanding immediately all militant groups within their rank and file. Enough of the lip service to rule of law. We Ghanaians demand that laws and institutions must be allowed to work without fear or favour. Let the laws work.
Further the IGP must reinforce NCCE’s call for disbanding these illegal militant groups by effectively proscribing their activities. It is by so doing that a clear warning and lasting signal will be sent to others who are contemplating unleashing similar negative acts. The National Security Minister, National Security Advisor, Ghana Police Service and all security agencies must work together to restore the confidence of Ghanaians in security and law enforcement agencies.
Finally, we call on all Political Parties, National Peace Council, the Christian Council of Ghana, National Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Office of the National Chief Imam, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Civil Society Organisations, Academia, the media, traditional rulers and all law abiding citizens of Ghana irrespective of political party affiliation, tribe, religion or social standing to collectively raise their voices in condemnation of these dastardly acts.
God bless our homeland Ghana.
JOSEPHINE NKRUMAH (MS)