Security analyst, Kwesi Anning has told the Emile Short Commission that suggestions that legislation alone by the President will stop the phenomenon would not work.
Appearing before the Commission on Monday March 4, 2019, the Director of Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre said, because the issue of vigilantism benefits people financially, it would be prudent to adopt a sober and long-term approach.
“Legislation will just not end this process. It has gotten root in our society. It creates economic incentives and people use that and therefore we need a sober, long-term process in which we will create trust first, come round the table, start having the conversion and then begin a disaggregation process of the specific issue areas that we need to tackle. That takes a lot of time,” he said.
The processes leading to the disbandment he noted must be done through the building of trust among stakeholders especially those who formed them.
“Let’s begin the process of building trust between and among those who established these groups… How do we negotiate around the difficulties in which we have placed ourselves? Are there national institutions that can play the honest broker, and I think the level of suspicion is so deep,” he said.
He also suggested Ghana could call on the United Nations to assist it in dealing with vigilantism.
“We should not be shy as a nation to say probably the UN should come and help to play the honest broker, or the African Union because in disaggregating those who are members of these groups, the economic interests, their geographical location, what they used their strengths and equipment for when they are not being used [for vigilante activities], need a trust-building process, [and] that takes quite some time.”