CEPAC Charge Ghana Government to Deal with Vigilantism Root Causes

Political Vigilantism

The Centre for Patriotism and Attitudinal Change (CEPAC), a civil society organization, has called on stakeholders of the country’s democracy to go the extra mile to find permanent solutions to political vigilantism by dealing with its root causes.

CEPAC said ongoing efforts to disband political vigilante groups were commendable but there was need to tackle the root causes of the phenomenon to permanently address it.

This was contained in a statement issued by CEPAC in Tamale on Friday, signed by Mr Hannan Tizaa Legend, its Executive Director, and copied to the Ghana News Agency.

The statement said “For CEPAC, the root causes of this worrying development are institutional inertia, growing mistrust for security institution, increasing lack of faith in government, winners-take-all, unemployment and greed.”

It recounted the violence that characterized the Ayawaso West Wuogon bye-election on January 31, this year, and President Nana Akufo-Addo’s commitment in his state of the nation address in February, this year to disband political vigilante groups.

In line with the President’s commitment, the two major political parties; New Patriotic Party and National Democratic Congress had had the first of a series of meetings moderated by the National Peace Council to try to find ways to disband vigilante groups aligned to them.

The statement said though there were few areas of disagreement between the two major political parties during the meeting, “The fact that they even agreed to sit face to face and talk, is very refreshing and highly commendable. This speaks volumes on the bright prospects of the 27-year democracy.”

It urged parties to the talks “To explore ways of making state institutions such as the judiciary proactive and expeditious.”

It said “They should also find ways to encourage their party members to behave in ways that will not erode the confidence of the populace in the political system.”

The statement called on government to activate its “Job creation plans to engage the teeming jobless and hopeless youth, who constitute a time-bomb.”

It demanded that the country should try “To uphold the principles of ultimate responsibility and patriotism whereby persons in authority, who neglect their duties, are compelled to resign.”

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