General News of Sunday, 17 March 2019
The General Superintendent of Assemblies of God, Ghana Rev. Prof. Paul Frimpong Manso believes political vigilantism has become rampant due to greediness among politicians.
According to him, most politicians are interested in their personal interest against serving to improve the living standards of citizens hence they establish vigilante groups to execute their selfish agenda to the detriment of the country.
Rev. Prof. Manso who also doubles as the President of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), stated that vigilantism is evil and a threat to peace and stability.
He said the Council supports the call to disband militia or political vigilante groups.
He served notice the Council will demonstrate in the coming months to protest the existence of such groupings.
“Vigilantism is evil and it is wicked, it destroys nation. It means you don’t have confidence in the police and the system thank God the President is managing to bring an end to that… I am glad that he is now pushing for a legislation that will end this menace. I thank the Media for being at the forefront. Our message is still clear, GPCC will reject any political party that habours and promote vigilantism.
We are going to have a peaceful protest against vigilantism in two months’ time,” Rev. Prof. Frimpong Manso said in Koforidua at an event to retire Rev. Alexander Ofori Amankwaa and wife – immediate past Eastern Regional Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Church and former President of Eastern Regional Ministers Wives’ Association respectively.
Rev. Alexander Ofori Amankwaa and his wife at the send off event
Rev. Amankwaa throughout his 37 years service in the Ministry played various roles in ensuring political stability in the country particularly during his tenure as New Juaben Municipal Chairman of GPCC from 2005 to 2014.
According to him, vigilante groups could metamorphose into many other tribal and rebellious groupings to disturb the peace of the country if not dealt with as early as possible.
He called on the clergy to intensify pressure on politicians to disband vigilante groups while ensuring that, the security agencies of the state uphold high standard of professionalism by being fair and firm in the discharge of their duties.