Thursday 6th February, 2020
Kamil Sanah, GNA
Accra, Feb. 6, GNA – 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
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
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 PeaceNetwork 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).