House of Chiefs bares teeth on vigilante groups

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The National House of Chiefs has expressed concern over the increasing activities of political vigilante groups and called on the authorities to disband them.

The traditional rulers have also described as worrying, the use of insulting language among political leaders in the country.

According to them, if the growing trend is not checked, it may impact negatively on the relative peace the nation currently enjoys.

This apprehension was expressed by the President of the House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV, when addressing the 2018 3rd General Meeting of the House in Kumasi. He pointed out that these developments do not augur well for Ghana’s development.

“Insults are growing and are being escalated to presidential levels. More worrying are the calls for the formation of vigilante groups. This does not augur well for peace, unity, or for development. Our youth are crying for jobs; let’s join hands, work hard, plan and innovate in order to build our nation’s wealth and abandon what looks like a fight over the control of our limited resources,” he added.

Togbe Afede made the remark on the back of recent chaos caused by some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) vigilante group – Delta Force – which led to the truncation of a meeting by Member of Parliament (MP) for Tafo-Pankrono in the Ashanti Region, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei.

There was confusion in the Tafo-Pankrono Constituency last week when the Delta Force members prevented the MP from going ahead with a meeting with his constituents.

Dr. Akoto Osei has been accused by the Delta Force members in his constituency of neglect and failed promises of securing them jobs before the 2016 general elections.

Despite the widespread condemnation of such violent acts, similar incidents of violence persist in various parts of the country.

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Meanwhile, two of the Delta Force members known to be NPP polling station executives were subsequently arrested by the police and were remanded by a Kumasi Circuit Court to re-appear on October 24, 2018.

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