Private legal practitioner Kwame Jantuah has attributed the confidence with which vigilante groups operate in the country to the backing they get from political parties.
According to Mr. Jantuah, who was speaking on TV3‘s New Day on Saturday, Ghana has become a lawless country as a result of the liberty these groups enjoy for being affiliated to one political party or the other.
“I blame politics, I blame the rift that we have within our political parties. The fact that when we talk politics, we talk party first before country.”
The private legal practitioner’s comments come on the back of recent activities of NPP vigilante group, Kandahar Boys in Tamale, where they drove out the CEO of the Tamale Teaching Hospital and locked up his office.
Although the leader of the group, Baba Alhassan, was arrested, he was later granted bail after the group besieged he police station to demand his release.
According to Kwame Jantuah, who is a member of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), it is high time political parties in the country called their members to order.
“The genesis of all this is political parties, and this is serious. Such things, I expect the Chairman of the NPP to send a stern warning out to all those people.
“It is within the womb and confines of the NPP, and if the Chairman is not dealing with it, the President should direct the Chairman to deal with it, because it affects everybody,”Mr. Jantuah said.
Police Service and politics
He also attributed the inability of the police to properly deal with culprits to the interference of political authorities in the work of the Ghana Police Service.
Mr. Jantuah said the appointment of management of the Service should not be done by politicians.
He noted that if issues are not brought under control where the welfare of the country is placed ahead of political party interest, there will be dire consequences.
“I have said the appointment of the IGP should not be a political issue. It runs through the system, we do not bring country first in this country.”
By Irene Amesimeku| 3news.com|Ghana