Apostle Professor Kweku Onyinah has called on government to develop a clear roadmap towards the decision to disband vigilante groups in the country.
The solution he opined should not only focus on the disbandment of these lawless groups, but efforts should be made in providing jobs or alternatives for the members of these vigilante groups.
Speaking on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the man of God encouraged President Akufo-Addo to ban all vigilante groups to sustain the stability and peace of the country.
‘’Government should disband all these groups and provide them with jobs. Without jobs, they may engage in other lawless activities.’’
He blamed the act of impunity; plot to rig an election as some of the reasons why some political parties set up vigilante groups.
The shooting incidents recorded at Ayawaso West Wuogon and Kumasi are examples that should help Ghanaians impress on government to disband all vigilante groups.
The former head of the Apostlic Church Ghana and member of the Peace Council said, all the political parties especially NPP and NDC should hold a dialogue and agree on the best way to disband these groups.
If the groups are not disbanded, we may witness cold war because some individuals may foment trouble using these vigilante groups.
Professor Apostle Onyinah called for sanity and transparency in the political space and spoke vehemently against greed and the quest for power at all cost on the part of politicians.
Meanwhile, Representatives of civil society organisations, namely Civic Forum Initiative (CFI), the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) and the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), has called on political parties to disband all vigilante groups.
“The Council of State, National Peace Council, National House of Chiefs, Religious leaders and all well-meaning Ghanaians to prevail on the two major political parties to immediately dissolve and discontinue the formation and operation of illegal armed groups commonly referred to as Political Vigilante groups.”
To government it said: “The government and security agencies should take concrete steps to ensure that the kind of violence that occurred in the Ayawaso-West Wuogon Constituency by-election does not spill over to future elections, and indeed, into the 2020 Election.”
By: Sarah Kweity (Intern, Rainbow Radio)