Political Vigilantism

The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) has commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his condemnation of vigilantism and the move towards disbanding such groups.

The Council said: “We, however, are of the view that the President’s decision should not be left at the intention level but concrete and practical steps should be put in place to ensure that the vigilante groups are actually disbanded and disarmed within three months of the President’s directive.”

The President during his State of the National Address in Parliament last week Thursday, condemned vigilantism and called on the leadership of the two major political parties (the New Patriotic Party – NPP and the National Democratic Congress – NDC) to meet and discuss measures towards disbanding the vigilante groups.

A statement issued by the National Executive Council of the GPCC and copied to the Ghana News Agency, recommended that religious leaders, traditional rulers, civil society organisations and other stakeholders should be involved in the process leading to the disbanding and disarming of the vigilante groups.

The GPCC said: “Going forward, we encourage government to legislate against future formation of groups that are threats to the security and peace of the nation.

“As we await further action on this vigilante menace, GPCC is still committed to our campaign of ‘disband within three months or be disowned’ and same has been relayed to our members.”

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