Stop Delta, Invincible Forces else…Batidam cautions gov’t
Governance expert, Daniel Batidam has cautioned the government to crack the whip on vigilante activities or risk all politicians paying the ultimate price.
The former Ghana and West Africa’s representative on African Union (AU) Advisory Board on Corruption said, the modus operandi of the vigilante groups is gradually destabilising the county’s democracy and they must be stopped.
Addressing the governing New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) affiliated vigilante groups, Mr Batidam said their demand for accountability from the government is not misplaced, it must, however, be placed in context, he noted.
“It has to do with accountability, they [NPP vigilante groups] were made some promises by the political party [NPP] that they will be given some jobs and now they are demanding accountability…” Mr Batidam stated.
on the face, it may look like a legitimate demand but as a country, we must look beyond them as a group and ask how do we get our promises because if you take it beyond that group, it would also be the same for every other Ghanaian,” he added.
Speaking on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM Tuesday, Mr Batidam argued that the answer to promises made by the political parties cannot be demanded through violence and causing panic.
“…it’s a very dangerous thing happening in our politics,” the former John Mahama appointee told his host, Daniel Dadzie.
He added that the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo-led government must ensure the arrest and prosecution of his party’s affiliated vigilante groups that have caused several disturbances since the party won power 21 months ago.
If the government fails to do this, Mr Batidam fears other groups of persons may tow the lines of these vigilante groups; like the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has started.