The Christian Council of Ghana has expressed worry over the continious use of violence in the country’s political body. Stating that growing phenomenon of political violence has already led to deaths and destruction of several properties, and has become a major threat to our growing democracy and national peace ahead of the 2016 general elections.
In a statement signed by the General Secretary of CCG Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong said, the Council in no uncertain terms condemns all forms of violence, coercion and intimidation tactics deployed by some individuals within the various political parties to usurp governance structures and authority in the name of politics.
“We are of the firm belief that politics is about influence. Politicians must be able to convince people to follow them and do their bidding through ideologies and internal political structures as enshrined in our Constitution.
Our politicians must demonstrate their strength and influence by their ability to dialogue and engage others based on ideas, rather than mobilizing people to insult, attack and to some extent kill in their quest to exert their authority.”
According to Rev. Opuni-Frimpong, politicians must exhibit characters that speaks of people from a nation where non violent culture, tradition and love is the binding force of its people hence they must eschew all forms of violence in their political agenda especially when human lives are at stake.
The statement follows the heels of recent happenings withing the NPP which has claimed two lives and left many office properties destroyed. The council says the use of coercion by some politicians to have their way on matters that are not in their favor is extremely frightening.
Rev Opuni further said, the obvious fact that people who challenge those who are perceived to be untouchable within the political circles are not safe, a trend that is gradually creating a culture of silence and fear in the country’s body politics.
“As a council, we will continue to use our various platforms to educate our members and the general public on the need to use dialogue and the legal structures to address their concerns, and eschew violence”
The council however called on the various political parties, the Electoral Commission, the Ghana Police Service and other stakeholders to immediately make efforts to address political violence in the country as we prepare for the 2016 general elections.