Vigilantism: Apply the Laws, not Dialogue – Bernard Mornah

PNC Chairman, Bernard Mornah

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s threat to initiate a law to deal with vigilantism if overtures towards the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) for dialogue fail has been described as a very poor attempt at demonstrating commitment against the phenomenon.

The President’s threat appears to be official confirmation of the power and authority that vigilantes have acquired since the New Patriotic Party (NPP) assumed power.

As Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces and head of the security services of the country, President Akufo-Addo’s call has been tagged a desperate attempt to appear committed to fight against vigilantism when it is a known fact the NPP resources and funds majority of these groups.

President Akufo-Addo in his State of the Nation Address had lamented the growing incidences of vigilantism and called on the leaders of the NDC to sit with the NPP to end the phenomenon and threatened to initiate legislation to deal with the matter if the two parties fail to agree.

Chairman of the Convention People’s Party (PNC), Mr. Bernard Mornah, in an interview with the Daily Democrat could not hide his chagrin at the President’s proposed idea of ending vigilantism in the country.

Ghana, he said, has laws that make it criminal to belong and participate in criminal activities of illegal gangs.

According to him, President Akufo-Addo does not need new laws to fight activities of vigilantes because impunity is a criminal offence under the penal code of Ghana.

Mr. Mornah argued that the NDC and NPP are not the laws of Ghana and stressed the President does not need additional legislation to deal with political thuggery.

He said, “The laws are there. Political vigilantism and groups are not part of our laws.”

“If they exist, all you need to do is give direct order, assurance and confidence to the police to act and deal with the matter decisively.”

According to Mr. Mornah, President Akufo-Addo has failed to do that and is rather inviting political parties for dialogue.

“Are the NDC and NPP the laws of Ghana that if they do not agree then the country is in a mess? Is the President throwing his hands up in despair,” he queried?”

The PNC chairman argued that in the 2018 State of the Nation Address the President warned members of his party against grabbing everything for themselves simply because they are in power.

“What happened to that statement? In his SONA today he demonstrated that he is weak in acting.”

“The President should stop talking and allow the laws to work. The President should stop patting people on the back and telling them to go and sin no more and announcing to Ghanaians they have atoned for their sins.”

“A crime is a crime and if people go out to commit crime they should be dealt with according to the law,” he stated.

“A crime is a crime and if people go out to commit crime they should be dealt with according to the law,” he stated.

By Osumanu Al-Hassan/

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