Two high ranking UN officials have denounced the actions of the vigilante group known as ‘Delta Force’ in Kumasi last week. Some members of the group attacked a court trying their members for assaulting an appointee of the president, and freed them.
A press statement issued Monday April 10, 2017 and copied to ghanabusinessnews.com, says the United Nations has consistently drawn attention to the negative role of vigilante groups in the two leading political parties of Ghana.
The two officials, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, and the Resident Coordinator of the UN system in Ghana, Christine Evans-Klock, the statement said, have followed with consternation the acts of impunity perpetrated by the Delta Force vigilante group in the aftermath of the December 2016 elections.
“They are particularly concerned that these political militants invaded the premises of a Kumasi Circuit Court on April 6, 2017, and freed their members standing trial for assault on the Regional Security Coordinator on March 24, 2017. These acts are likely to tarnish the image of Ghana as a model of democracy and the rule of law,” the statement said, adding, “The two UN officials outrightly denounce these reprehensible acts that are the latest in a series of similar incidents since the end of the December 2016 elections in Ghana.”
The statement noted that the officials welcome positively the unambiguous condemnation of these acts by the government and expect that all necessary measures will be taken to investigate these actions and bring the perpetrators to justice.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi