How Can Peace Be Achieved In The Face Of Isolated Violent Incidents?

Deputy Communications Director for the National Democratic Party (NDP), Ernest Owusu Bempah has lambasted the National Peace Council for not addressing the injustice he claims has since characterized the nation.

According to him, it is ‘hypocritical’ on the part of the Peace Council to advocate peace when they have refused to raise concerns about certain pockets of violence that have taken place in some areas in the country.

Following President Mahama’s appointment of some persons as District Chief Executives (DCEs), foot soldiers of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) were reported to have vandalized government properties in protest against the DCEs.

They were said to have set government offices ablaze amidst other violent incidents leading to several critics calling on the Mahama administration and security services in the country to roll out sanctions to the perpetrators.

Correlatively, the National Peace Council and other stakeholders in the political scene have spearheaded a crusade to educate Ghanaians on the need to maintain the country’s peace even as the nation awaits the final decision of the Supreme Court Justices on the pending Presidential Election Petition.

But speaking on Oman FM on Thursday, Owusu Bempah was of a strong view that the Peace Council seem not to effectively execute their duties because they couldn’t muster courage to condemn the perpetrators who engendered violence in certain parts of the country.

“How can you achieve peace when these pockets of violence are going on in our society whereby certain factions who are part of those who are bridging peace, their action and inaction don’t reflect peace?” he asked.

To him, “it will be hypocritical on anybody’s part just like word of mouth or rhetoric without making sure that we make sure that the remote cause and immediate cause of pockets of dangers that can cost our peace in this country, we don’t resolve it amicably and make sure that the right thing is done; then, what are we talking about as a nation? We have to be very careful…”