- In a bid to rid the bane of political party vigilantism in the country, some steps have been taken
- Leaders of such political parties would face the full rigours of the law
- A bill is set to be signed to this effect to turn into law all discussions on vigilantism
Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has said a jail term as well as a 10-year ban from active politics in the country, awaits leaders of political parties who endorse activities of vigilante groups.
He expressed optimism that a bill would be passed into law by the House today, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 to root out vigilantism in Ghana’s body politics.
Speaking at a stakeholder’s forum on monetisation of politics in Ghana on Monday, 8 July 2019, he said politicians who encourage vigilantes may face a jail term and a ban from politics for a decade.
“What we intend to do is to even identify political parties that harbor these vigilante groups. The leadership of that political party is going to face the law and we intend to imprison them for harboring such vigilante group in their party and then after serving the sentence, at least 10 years will have to elapse before you’re brought back into mainstream politics,” Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said.
Vigilantism has been frowned upon by Civil Society Organisations, churches and majority of Ghanaians who have called on political parties affiliated to such groups to dissolve them.
In a bid to deal with the menace of vigilantism, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo appealed to the two main parties, New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to disband those groups.
Failure by the parties to do that has forced the president to present before Parliament, a bill to outlaw the activities of political party vigilantes which is currently at the consideration stage.
In other news, Member of Parliament for Tarkwa Nsuaem, George Mireku Duker has been caught driving in the middle of the road to beat traffic in Citi TV’s ongoing War Against Indiscipline campaign.
The MP, failed to stop when Police caught him flouting road traffic rules on the Spintex Road on the morning of July, 8, 2019.
Citi News reported that the MP was given a hot chase after which he was stopped and eventually processed for court.
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