We must fight political vigilantism holistically – Prof. Greenstreet

Godwill Arthur-Mensah, GNA

Accra, Aug. 23, GNA –
Professor Miranda Greenstreet, a former Director of the Institute of Adult
Education of the University of Ghana, has called for collective and
multifaceted approach by all stakeholders towards eradicating political
vigilantism in the country.

She said Ghana had
been touted as the beacon of democracy on the African Continent and oasis of
peace, therefore, it required institutional, political and structural reforms
to uproot political vigilantism from the country.

‘‘As long as the
Constitution remains the “winner-takes-all,” we must all find a way of fighting
vigilantism wherever we find ourselves… educationally, socially,
institutionally, structurally and policy-wise…and whether in our villages,
towns and hamlets,’’ she said.

Prof. Greenstreet
expressed these concerns when she co-chaired a stakeholders meeting, organised
by the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO), in Accra, on

Contributing to the
discussion on the topic: ‘‘Political Party Vigilantism and Ghana’s Electoral
Politics,’’ Prof. Greenstreet said if the nation failed to tackle the issue of
political vigilantism head-on, the future consequences on the nation would be

‘‘We don’t want to
crash as a nation but to see Ghana developing a democracy that would be an envy
of all,’’ she emphasised.

Mr Albert Kofi Arhin,
the National Co-ordinator of CODEO, said the nation should take the issue of
political vigilantism seriously and educate people involved about the havoc it
could cause to the country’s democratic regime.

He noted that a recent
interaction with some leaders of political vigilante groups in Tamale revealed
that some of them were into drugs, therefore, they visited mayhem on innocent people
without their clear conscience.

Madam Mercy Essien,
the Acting Greater Accra Regional Manager of the National Commission for Civic
Education, said the Commission lacked resources to undertake intensive
education on some national issues and, therefore, asked for support from all
segments of the society to execute its mandate effectively.

Some political party
representatives who participated in the discussion indicated that political
vigilantism would be a thing of the past if those involved were provided decent
jobs and income.

According to them, it
would engage their energies and attention so that they would not have time to
cause mayhem on others.

They also asked the
Police to be politically neutral so as to arrest and prosecute individuals
involved in the act without any fear or favour.


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