The Vice Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has pledged that the next NDC administration will phase out all witch camps, particularly the Gambaga Witch Camp, to make the practice a thing of the past.
According to John Mahama’s running mate, the presence of witch camps is a dent on the country’s image and democracy, stressing that the practice of tagging people, especially the elderly, as witches and relegating them to camps, would no longer be tolerated.
Professor Opoku-Agyemang made this known in an address to community members and inmates of the Gambaga Witches Camp during a campaign tour of the East Mamprusi District of the North East Region.
She explained that as part of measures towards the closure of the Gambaga camp, which has served as a refuge for ostracised women, the affected communities would be highly sensitized against the practice, with a phased reintegration of inmates into their communities.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said a future NDC government would apply the laws stringently to stop the practice in the country.
She described the recent lynching of a 90-year-old woman in Kafaba, in the Gonja East District of the Savanna Region, on suspicion of being a witch, as “highly unacceptable”.
“We shall tackle this menace decisively.”
She urged the youth in the area to desist from the practice, and rather protect and promote the welfare of the aged.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang also cited a number of stalled infrastructural projects in Gambaga, promising that the next NDC administration would complete all of its projects in the area that have been abandoned by the current government.
“All those interested in the all-inclusive development of the country should support the NDC to return to power,” she continued.
“The 2020 election campaign will be based on record, and not insults. We have done it before, and we will do it again.”