PRESIDENT JOHN Atta Mills is presiding over a country in which state-sponsored gangsterism, criminality, lawlessness and politically motivated ethnocentrism is on the rise; and where Ã¢â‚¬Å“every member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has a licence to killÃ¢â‚¬Â, says the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The NPP and its leadership in Parliament yesterday noted at a joint news conference that the President and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have maintained a loud silence and watched with glee as some leading members of the ruling party run riot and incite one ethnic group against another, with other members breaking the law with impunity.
A statement issued by the party yesterday mentioned the many instances in which various groups of NDC members have openly hijacked public places of convenience with commercial interests, beaten up and sacked their political rivals from various settlements and taken over lorry stations in Rambo style.
It also mentioned the various instances where NDC leaders at the constituency levels had ordered the police to forcefully seize private vehicles of those perceived to be NPP members while big-wigs at the Seat of Government instruct Ã¢â‚¬ËœmachoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ men to go hunt and snatch cars from leading members of the NPP.
Reading the statement on behalf of the party, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Minority Leader, said Ã¢â‚¬Å“insecurity and lawlessness is gradually becoming the order of the dayÃ¢â‚¬Â and that a coup mentality has seized the thinking of members of the ruling party.
He said the lawlessness among the NDC thugs has been extended to even the party itself and already, some of them are burning their own party offices, assaulting their leaders and holding demonstrations without police permit.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“State-sponsored gangsterism which has manifested itself in the reckless seizure of vehicles seems to be on the increase…criminality has been introduced on the part of the state under the guise of national security…it appears to be in line with anarchy or gangsters rule rather than the Democracy which we are all striving to achieve and excel in,Ã¢â‚¬Â the statement noted, expressing disappointment that the President has not condemned the rising incidents of violence.
The NPP told journalists that security experts have warned that Ghana is on the threshold of getting into the state of ethnicity which landed the country into chaos and called on the President to disassociate himself from the emerging ethnic based groups.
It said while the Ga-Dangme Youth Association called for the expulsion of ex-President John Kufuor from his Ridge Office on the grounds that he was wrongfully taking over Ga lands, the NDC-led government openly supported the group.
The statement noted: Ã¢â‚¬Å“This was followed by the Osu Traditional Council adding its voice to the eviction notice by very robust statement to the effect that ex-President KufuorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s use of the office facility could spark off clashes between NDC and NPP youth in the area.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“These provoked the Asante United Front, a group based in Kumasi, to call on the Ga-Dangme Youth Association to retract their threats for the sake of national unity and cohesion.
The front threatened to organise a demonstration to bring pressure on government to return acquired lands by the State in other regions to lawful owners.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Another group calling itself Patriots for the Protection of Western RegionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Heritage joined the fray by calling for the protection of alleged indigenous reserves for the indigenous people, including petroleum resources for Western region; then the Coalition of Akyem Youths gave three months eviction notice to settler farmers on Akyem lands.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Then the respected President of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV made a divisive ethnic statement at a durbar organised by his traditional area for President Atta Mills who described the Volta Region as his second home; the first regional home being the Central region,Ã¢â‚¬Â the statement concluded.
By Halifax Ansah-Addo & Awudu Mahama