I will walk new path to fight “criminal” vigilante groups – Akufo-Addo

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President Nana Akufo-Addo is making a new commitment to fighting the incidence of violence and political party vigilantism across the country.

Describing them as “criminals” the president said he will do everything in his power to stem the tide of political violence by party youth in the country.

Speaking to the President of the National House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV, Monday, the president said he would be “walking another path” to finding a solution to the canker.

The country has been inundated with acts of violence by political party youth affiliated to the governing New Patriotic Party. Even though there were acts of political party violence under the previous administration, the situation got worse with the coming into power of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The youth have taken a path of violence in seeking a portion of the national cake.

In their haste to seek non-existent jobs, the youth have attacked several state institutions including the Youth Employement Agency (YEA), School Feeding Secretariat and the National Health Insurance Authority.

They have chased out officers of the state appointed by the previous government as well those new appointees whose appointment they disagree with.

In a height of political impunity, members of the Invincible Forces broke into the offices of the Ashanti Region Security apparatus and bundled out the regional security coordinator who had been appointed by the president.

In their haste to seek non-existent jobs, the youth have attacked several state institutions including the Youth Employement Agency (YEA), School Feeding Secretariat and the National Health Insurance Authority.

They have chased out officers of the state appointed by the previous government as well those new appointees whose appointment they disagree with.

In a height of political impunity, members of the Invincible Forces broke into the offices of the Ashanti Region Security apparatus and bundled out the regional security coordinator who had been appointed by the president.

“I am walking another path, the path of making reality the principle of the rule of law, the idea of equality of every citizen before the law. Wrongdoers wear no political colours. They are just wrongdoers, and will be dealt with as such.”

It is not clear yet exactly what new path the president will be walking to provide an antidote to the political violence.

However, the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery had only recently stated that regional police commanders who fail to arrest and begin the process of prosecution of criminal party youths will also be dealt with.

In Karaga in the Northern Region and parts of the Upper West Region some of the constituency executives of the NPP who were part of violent attacks on the regions’ YEA and NHIA offices, are facing criminal prosecutions.

It remains to be seen if these political criminals, as Akufo-Addo described them would be sentenced to jail terms.

Source: myjoyonline

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