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Ayawaso Violence: ACID calls for disbandment of Vigilante groups

By Wendy Amarteifio
African Centre for Integrity and Development
Ayawaso Violence:ACID calls for disbandment of Vigilante groups

The African Centre for Integrity and Development, ACID, is calling for the immediate disbandment of all vigilante groups in the country to prevent future election violence.

The centre is predicting an increase in voter apathy in future elections if issues surrounding the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence are not dealt with convincingly.

According to ACID the fear of violence in elections, if not looked into thoroughly, will eventually erode the democratic gains of the country.

Communications Director of the Centre, Gyasi Appiah said it will take the efforts of the Presidency to disband vigilante groups.

''There has been a number of issues raised by other civil societies and organizations. But for us we are not interested in apportioning blames. We are rather looking at it in a holistic view. It becomes very difficult for me to crack the whip on perceived people who share the ideology of the President or whoever is in government''.

''And obviously, you realize that the opposition also feels that they cannot trust the police or security agencies because the leadership of the security agencies have been appointed and will in a way be remote controlled by the President. So they will also want in a way to set up a group that will also fight their cause and so it becomes very difficult for me to say that this war will be won now or this war will be won easily. It may take a lot of efforts and commitment from the Presidency if you ask me for these things to end,''he added.

Meanwhile, a  security Analyst, Dr Kwesi Aning says the failure of successive government to invest in security and properly manage the existing security infrastructure accounts for the inability of security agencies to effectively deliver on their mandate. 

The situation he said is to be blamed with the growing state of insecurity in the country. His comments come after reports of recent kidnappings, alleged murders and recent brutalities meted out to some citizens of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election held last Thursday 31 January 2019.

In an interview with citinews monitored by PrimeNewsGhana, he said: ''We haven't invested in our security for the past 30 years and over time that has undermined the capacity and capability of Ghana Police Service, Customs, Immigration, Armed forces to deliver.''