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03.10.2008 NPP News

NDC, NPP Must Discourage Supporters From Fighting - Bishop Arrongo

The Anglican Bishop of Tamale Diocese, Right Reverend Emmanuel Arrongo, has called on leaders of the National Democratic congress and the New Patriotic Party to discourage their followers from fighting and accusing each other.

This, he said, was because none of them would be vindicated, since there would be no third party to act as witness in such cases.

He made the call at the fifth diocesan synod of the church in Wa in the Upper West Region.

Right Reverend Arrongo observed that the behaviour of the two parties was not helpful and did not teach the youth good public behaviour.

"The two parties should publicly and sincerely pledge never to crash each other,” he added.

Quoting Matthew chapter 26 verse 52, he pointed out that when Jesus Christ was under threat and Saint Peter wanted to defend, Him "our Lord commanded him to stop for peace to prevail. Put your sword back in place, for all who draw the sword, will die by the sword".

"This is the mark of a leader who is sincere and serious about what he says and about his mission.


 It is high time our leaders were sincere and serious about their mission and what they say.


Action speaks louder than words," he stressed.


The Anglican Bishop charged all political parties, candidates of parties and independent candidates to avoid name calling, insinuations, insults and all kinds of cynical behaviour during their campaign sessions.

Bishop Arrongo further passionately appealed to politicians to be law-abiding, honest to themselves and have the political will to reprimand their supporters, adding that "politicians, particularly those who have nothing to offer, should leave us alone in peace and nothing should be done to cause trouble".

He condemned politicians who encouraged minors to register and yet turned round later to accuse the Electoral Commission of allegedly bloating the voters register.

Story by George Folley Quaye.