2016 flagbearer of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Mr. Ivor Greenstreet has called for robust actions to be taken to address political hooliganism popularly known as vigilantism.
According to the former General Secretary of the CPP, the continuous growth of vigilantism in the country is due to several factors among these includes the unwillingness of ruling parties to ensure that vigilante groups affiliated to them are made to face the consequence of their actions when they fall foul of the law.
“There need to be further commitment by the parties that they will not tolerate any act of hooliganism or any act of misconduct or vigilantism which foul of the law and that they will deal with their own the same way that they will deal with anyone who falls foul of the law.
If the state decides that they are not going to tolerate any vigilantism of their own, and they are rather going to seek power or influence merely by proper conduct and through their policies, then we will have a far more peaceful nation and this aspect of vigilantism will be reduced”
He added that the dire economic conditions facing the youth serves as the avenue for their recruitment to join these vigilante groups.
He however cautioned the general public particularly the two major parties to eschew any form of hooliganism in other to prevent any insurgency in the 2020 elections and beyond.
While borrowing popular words of the then presidential aspirant of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo, Mr. Greenstreet explained that if care is not taken, we will witness the famous “all die be die”
“…clearly it is the economic conditions that the ordinary people are facing which draws them into these activities…as we approach 2020, and with the difficult situations that people are finding on the ground, and with the loss of hope and the lack of their expectations being met, I can assure you with the information that I have and the intelligence that I have been receiving, it is rather 2020 that could end up in all die be die” he stated
He was speaking on the theme “Political Vigilantism and Ghana’s Democracy” at this year’s University of Ghana New Year School and Conference being organized by the School of Continuing and Distance Education.
NDC forms new vigilante group
Earlier this week, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) out-doored its newest vigilante group in the Eastern region, known as the ‘Eastern Mambas’.
The aim of the group, according to the party’s Eastern regional organizer, is to protect ballot boxes during the 2020 elections
Story by: David Quaye|universnewsroom.com