Danger Ahead . . . Public Sector Reforms CEO Warns Gov't About Vigilante Groups

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Public Sector Reforms, Thomas Kusi Boafo has condemned the actions of vigilante groups affiliated to political parties in the country.

Speaking to host Kwami Sefa Kayi on Peace FM's 'kokrokoo' programme, Mr. Kusi Boafo wondered why political parties would encourage the formation of groups which call themselves vigilante groups but their actions show otherwise.

To him, the hooliganism of these groups have a rippling effect on the progress of the economy and should be discouraged in order to maintain peace and order.

Recounting how these vigilante groups behave, Mr. Kusi Boafo noted that the groups are very strategic and would use any means to achieve their goals.

He blamed the political parties for the behaviour of the groups because, according to him, it is unnecessary to keep empowering them.

According to the Public Sector Reforms CEO, since the groups know that they have the backing of the government or a political party, they keep perpetuating violence.

He believed the political parties can help disband the groups and so called on the leaders to address the issue as it is a major concern to the nation.

Mr. Kusi Boafo however added that should the vigilante groups be given the leeway to operate, as a hungry lion, they will one day turn against their masters.

Also touching on the issue, the Managing Director of the Insight newspaper Kwesi Pratt lambasted political leaders in the country for turning a blind eye to the barbaric activities by these vigilante groups.

Unhappy about the seemingly unconcerned behaviour of the political parties to address the actions of the vigilante groups, Kwesi Pratt questioned the relevance of the groups to the development of Ghana.

To him, the issue has been broached several times and he will only speak on it for the last time but hoped the nation's leaders heed his call to disband the groups since they don't help but only cause chaos in the country.

“Politics, first and foremost, it’s an enterprise of discipline . . . Politics, first and foremost, is about finding solutions to the problems which confront us and so on. It’s not just a useless game of numbers,” he stated emphatically.