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General News | Feb 22, 2019

No Need For Legislation To Disband Vigilantism--NCCE

No Need For Legislation To Disband Vigilantism--NCCE

The Chairperson Of the National Commission For Civic Education (NCCE), Josephine Nkrumah, has disagreed with President Nana Akufo-Addo that Ghana needs a legislative instrument to disband rising rate of political vigilantism.

According to the NCCE, there is no need for any legislation before vigilantism can be uprooted.

The President Nana Akufo-Addo yesterday during his third state of the Nation's Address before Parliament recommended legislation to help curb vigilantism.

President Nana Akufo-Addo called on his party executives and the leadership of the opposition National Democratic Congress party (NDC) to meet and take measures to Disband Vigilantism in the country as soon as possible.

But to Josephine Nkrumah, the best way to Disband Vigilantism in the country is to make good use of the police service.

The NCCE Boss was speaking on Accra-based JOY FM in an interview on Friday.

She stated that there is a need for effective punishment by the police to those involved in the act of Vigilantism in the country.

She also argued that if long sentences are given to those involved in the act, it will serve as a deterrent to others.

Madam Nkrumah indicated that apart from the political attachments of these groups, whatever acts they are involved with is criminal and should be punished by law to deter others.

"When you have a deterrent sentencing regime, l believe people will begin to sit up and the police should act stiffly and decisively with anybody who engages in this act, and I am sure the people of Ghana will hear about it,"

Party Vigilantism has become one disturbing issue in Ghana in recent times and the government is putting measures in place to curb these acts.

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