Fighting vigilantism: Akufo-Addo has lost touch of reality – Monah

Bernard Monah

Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC) Bernard Monah has criticised President Akufo-Addo’s comments on the worrying phenomenon of political vigilantism in Ghana.

Delivering his 3rd State of the Nation Address Thursday, President Akufo-Addo warned he will be forced to institute a legislation to deal with the disturbing menace if the two main parties—NDC and NPP fail to address it.

“I want to use the platform of this Message to make a sincere, passionate appeal to the leaders of the two main political parties in our country, NPP and NDC, to come together, as soon as possible, preferably next week, to agree on appropriate measures to bring an end to this worrying and unacceptable phenomenon of vigilantism in our body politic,” Akufo-Addo said.

 “If voluntary disbandment by the parties is not feasible, then I will initiate legislation on the matter,” he warned.

In his reaction however, Monah said the President’s posture of the worrying phenomenon is a clear indication of his lack of appreciation of the reality.

“I think that the President appears to have lost touch with reality. Is the President saying that we don’t have legislation to deal with vigilantism and political thuggery in this country and crimes, and that if the NPP and NDC failed, their leadership failed to proffer solution to the creeping violence he is going to legislate?” Monah wondered moments after the President ended his address in interaction with Accra-based Starr FM.

“There are sufficient laws. The security agencies are empowered already to deal with crimes of any form. Vigilantism and political groupings of violence or for violence are not part of the laws of this country and therefore the laws exist to deal with them. But the President is oblivious of these and come to say that if they fail he will institute a legislation in order to contain the situation I will say that the President has lost touched,” he maintained.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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