Confusion in Parliament over status of anti-vigilantism bill

Confusion in Parliament over status of anti-vigilantism bill

- There is uncertainty about the status of the Vigilantism and Related Offences Bill, 2019 which is currently in Parliament

- The chairman of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee, Ben Abdallah, claims there is progress being made

- A ranking member of the committee, Inusah Fuseini, however argues that nothing is being done about it

Some members of Parliament’s Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee have given different reports on the status of the Vigilantism and Related Offences Bill, 2019, YEN.com.gh can report.

On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, chairman of the committee, Ben Abdallah, revealed that the Bill was under consideration, as the committee was awaiting inputs from stakeholders.

This was however not the opinion of a ranking member of the committee, Inusah Fuseini, who disclosed that nothing had been done about it.

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Per a report by Citinewsroom.com, he went on to say President Akufo-Addo was out of touch with reality, with respect to the Bill.

Fuseini, who is also the Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, added that although all committee members at the meeting agreed to treat the bill as urgent, the government, through the Attorney General, has done nothing to ensure the passage of the Bill.

Abdallah, in defending the progress his committee has made on the Bill, said that although the Bill is urgent, he has not set any timelines for the passage of the Bill into law.

“Much as the vigilantism Bill is urgent, we haven’t given ourselves any time limitation period within which the vigilantism Bill must be passed into law.

Because it was brought to the House under a certificate of urgency, at times I find it difficult to give timelines because I am not in the position to give timelines because I don’t have that the capacity,” he explained.

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