It is about time government involved the military in dealing with acts of lawlessness by political vigilante groups, Security Analyst, Kwesi Anning has suggested.
Mr. Anning believes the Military’s involvement will bring an end to the incessant attacks being staged by these groups often in the name of politics.
Making his case on Eyewitness News, Dr. Anning said: “The President of the republic of this country does not represent anymore parochial; party interest. He has a broader interest of Ghana at stake, and it is only a matter of time before he will ask the Military to intervene because if the authority of the President is flouted consistently overtime, this begins to have implications for the stability of the country.
It is imperative that something is done and done in a manner that sends a clear signal to the people of this country that indiscipline cannot be tolerated, challenging the authority of the President is a no go area, undermining the authority of the state will be punished drastically.”
There have been a series of attacks by various vigilante groups believed to be affiliated with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) since the party came to power in January 2017.
The recent incident saw some irate youth in Karaga in the Northern Region invading a Police stationand freeing some NPP members who were in Police custody.
Dr. Anning believes these attacks call for concern, especially when Ghana is surrounded by politically unstable countries that have become breeding grounds for indiscipline and violence.
He believes the violence in these neighbouring countries might eventually infiltrated the country if government fails to act swiftly.
“Let us not forget that we live in a particularly bad neighbourhood. The violence that we see in Burkina Faso, Mali and now neighbouring Togo makes us a small island of stability in a very turbulent and dangerous neighbourhood. It is only a matter of time before these acts of indiscipline and violence, and challenging the authority of the state will be infiltrated, hijacked and this country is going to be threatened.”
Reasons for violence
Mr. Anning also outlined a number of reasons which in his view have contributed to these attacks.
His reasons are listed below :
Violence as political currency: Dr. Anning believes these groups carry out these attacks for “the incentives and payoffs that might arrive thereof.”
Disconnect between the written and publicly stated principles: Dr. Anning also explained that “there is a lacuna in the understanding and expression of party values, so we see that although no party has said they believe in the use of violence, the party activists will use violence and they are hardly ever punished.”
Confusing signals by party officials : According to Dr. Anning “signals that have been sent by party leaders have been confusing, and therefore we see a direct challenge to the authority of the President.