Parliament of the Students Representative Council of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST-SRC) has called on government to as a matter of urgency disband all vigilante groups in the country.
According to the Speaker of the House, Rt. Honorable Frank Blay, until these vigilante groups which are speculated to be funded by the two leading political parties, that is the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party, are banned, the country’s security will continue to be under threat.
“With the recent happenings and activities of vigilante groups in our peaceful country, talk of alleged vigilante boys in police uniforms with ammunition, the pro NPP vigilante group “invisible forces” and some of the alleged activities they have been engaging in, and also with the current shooting at an NDC political meeting by pro NDC vigilante group “the hawks”, the KNUST students parliament which also serve as a pressure group formed under the auspices of Ghana parliament as a non-partisan and non-profitable group deemed it as a matter of urgency to react to issues as the youth and future leaders of the country,” he said
Describing the activities of these vigilante groups as lawless, rancorous and a dent on Ghana’s young democratic credentials and international image, they added that the National Parliament of Ghana which is their mother body, and its affiliate institutions, the National security, Ghana Police, non-governmental agencies, National House of Chiefs, National Peace Council to advance collective efforts to end all forms of political hoodlumism in the country.
These calls were made at a Press Conference held on the 20th of February 2019 by the Parliament of KNUST.
Following events that took place at the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election there are growing calls for the police to clamp down on the actions of political thugs.
Recently, some executive and members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) were attacked at the regional office of the party, leaving one person dead.
The attackers are said to be members of the NDC militia, the Hawks.
Story by: David Quaye|universnewsroom.com