Joyce Danso/Josephine Dodoo, GNA
Accra, Feb. 28, GNA –
Mr George Amoh, Executive Secretary of the National Peace Council (NPC) on
Friday advised Ghanaians not to allow vigilantism to destroy the beauty of
democracy being practiced in the country.
Mr. Amoh also asked
the youth not allow themselves to be used by politicians or political parties
as instruments of vigilantism because the current status of the law spells out
stiffer punishment for those who engage in vigilantism.
The NPC Executive
Secretary stated at media launch of the project dubbed; “Educating, Training
and Healing of Individuals, Communities and Societies (ETHICS) Against
Vigilantism in Ghana’s Elections” in Accra.
The project being
driven by Caritas Ghana has an 18 month duration. Caritas Ghana is made up of
the National Catholic Secretariat, Office of the National Chief Imam, Ghana
Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches, Christian Council of Ghana, Ahmadiyya
Muslim Mission Ghana, Federation of Muslim Women Association in Ghana and
Marshallan Relief and Development
The project would
among others seek to identify, sensitize and adopt ex-vigilantism groups by way
of providing them with counselling. It would also enable religious leaders
facilitate the signing of pledges by ex-vigilantes and provide jobs for the
youth engaged in the menace.
Under the project,
hotspots in six regions namely, Greater Accra, Northern, North East, Savanah,
Upper East and West have been selected.
The youth in the
Northern region are expected to benefit from “cash for work” Initiative under
Mr. Amoh noted that
vigilantism has caused a lot of pain and suffering as well as deaths or loss of
lives in the country saying “it was about time for us to turn away from this
According to him,
the NPC would continue to partner other social groups in their bid to ensure a
peaceful elections by way of shaping the minds of youth on the need to turn
away from the practice.
The NPC Executive
Secretary noted that citizens would not allow vigilantism to take over the
country because “we do not have any place to go should the vigilantism continue
to eat up our democracy”.
He said, it was
important that the country raised voices that would bring the people together
for the sake of posterity.
Shaibu, Spokesperson of the National Chief Imam, Sheik Dr. Nuhu Sharabutu, who
performed the launch urged FAITH Ghana Alliance to work together and pull
resources to fight against vigilantism.
According to Sheik
Shaibu, Vigilantism was a threat to the country’s peace and undermines the
purpose of unity in the nation.
He admonished the
youth to stay away from being recruited for acts of vigilantism.
Mr. Samuel Zan
Akologo, Executive Secretary of Caritas Ghana and Coordinator of FAITH In Ghana
Alliance said the launch of the project was yet another ground breaking
undertaking by diverse faith groups.
Mr. Akologo said
Caritas Ghana would remain neutral and independent so it could monitor and
assess electoral processes and come out with recommendations that are mutually
respected by all.
“We will intervene
on the side of youth by educating, training and healing them against these
undignified practices and abuses.
“We will also
safeguard our political environment so that women and vulnerable persons can
feel safe to participate in the electoral processes especially turning out to
cast their legitimate vote,” he stressed.
Mr. David Issaka,
Head of Programmes, Caritas Ghana, said the project would improve peace and
security in Ghana’s election value chain and eliminate excessive conduct by
potentially sponsored groups.
According to Mr.
Issaka, the project would ensure that there was an improvement in security
matters before, during and after the general elections.