WACCE warns government against delay in banning Vigilante Groups

Mr Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar, the Executive Director of the West Africa Centre for Counter-Extremism (WACCE) has warned that government’s failure or delay to ban political vigilante groups will be a danger in the forthcoming 2020 polls.

He said vigilante violence represented the single biggest source of electoral violence in Ghana, and government, political parties and all other stakeholders must do everything to rid the country’s political and social space of vigilante groups.

Mr Muqthar said this at the opening of a two-day workshop on the theme: “The Challenge of Vigilante Violence and Ensuring Peaceful Elections in Ghana’ organised by the WACCE in Yendi in the Northern Region.

He said vigilantism was dangerous for country’s peace and also a disruptive of the youth of Ghana.

The Executive Director said, the current processes including; the political efforts led by the National Peace Council, the Vigilante Act, and the Emile Short Committee’s recommendations needed to be acted upon quickly before this year’s elections.

The workshop in Yendi concluded WACCE’s project on Ensuring Inclusive and Peaceful Elections in Vulnerable Areas in Ghana.

The organisation in 2019 held several workshops and advocacy activities in Saboba,  Chereponi and Bole as part of efforts in contributing to peaceful elections in 2020.

Participants of the workshops were drafted into the WACCE Peace Network to sustain the efforts by serving as effective Peace Ambassadors for sustainable peace.

The project was supported by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).

Source: GNA

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