Disbanded and dormant vigilante groups is recipe for terror in Ghana – KAIPKTC

A security research fellow with the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Centre is warning that Ghana will be nursing a chain of terror groups if members of political party vigilante groups are left unemployed.

Dr Festus Aubyn expressed the concern speaking on the sidelines of a public lecture held by the Christian Service University College on the theme “Managing post election challenges in an emerging democracy”

The country has had to grapple with the violent acts of vigilante groups constituted as election watchdogs and private security detail of the two dominant political parties the New Patriotic Party and the National Democratic Congress.

Speaking to Ultimate News’ Ivan Heathcote Fumador, Dr Festus Aubyn noted that members of these groupings are mostly unemployed and potent fault lines to be mobilized and exploited to foment trouble especially while political activities slow down after the elections.

“Most of these people are not doing anything economical and this is why they are easily mobilized to commit those kinds of violence. They have dedicated their lives supporting the party in various ways in anticipation of certain benefits. “

“Once they have supported the party to gain power, they are also expecting to gain something from the party. Whether educated or uneducated, it is the duty of the government of the day to provide opportunities for these vigilante groups and all other citizens of the country.”

“Yes it will create avenues for others to join in anticipation for this but if you don’t do anything about it too, the thing will degenerate escalate, aggravate and turn into a monster that you will not be able to deal with,” he cautioned.

Speaking on the Delta Force which is standing trial for rioting and assaulting the Ashanti regional security coordinator and subsequently raiding a law court, the security analyst described the development as “uncalled for”.

He also asked that people running commentary on the way the courts have dealt seemingly lightly with the culprits, hold their horses till the final ruling is given on the matter.

“I believe that before we can judge and assess what has happened we need to allow the court processes to go through and whatever judgement comes will help us assess whether it was just cosmetic or whether the court was really willing to deal with this menace.”

By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Ivan Heatcote Fumador