The Youth Organizer of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sammi Awuku, has conceded that his party cannot control all its members across the country, thus should not be blamed for the rise in acts of political vigilantism.
Since the NPP’s election victory, the escalation of such acts of lawlessness by irate NPP youth has prompted renewed scrutiny, but has been met with little restraint from the party’s supporters or increased action from law enforcement.
The lack of action from police is seen by some to be emboldening such incidents.
The most recent incident, in Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region, saw offices of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) locked up by some youth of the area alleged to be members of the NPP’s Invincible Forces.
Speaking on Eyewitness News, Mr. Awuku, however, cautioned against treating the increased vigilantism as an NPP matter, and asserted that “we must also treat it as a matter that cuts across the political divide and not limit it to just the NPP.”
“If we also want to play the partisan card, we can give a total recall of hundreds of incidents, but that does not solve the matter,” he added.
Police must step up
Echoing President Nana Akufo-Addo’s comments on the acts of vigilantism, Mr. Awuku said the NPP has been clear in its condemnation of such acts, and shifted the onus onto the police to act decisively on such incidents.
“The police should not wait to be prompted by the Asylum Down Head office of the NPP or the Flagstaff House before they can do their work because, per the laws of our country, they are mandated to enforce these laws.”
The NPP has millions of supporters nationwide and the party leadership cannot “remote control someone in Techiman,” he argued further.
“What we can all do will be to support these security agencies. Anybody who breaks the law, deal with the person ruthlessly, according to the laws of our country.”
The incident at Techiman adds to the growing list of similar acts of lawlessness perpetrated by NPP-affiliated groups over the last seven days. Other more recent incidents include disturbances in Karaga and Sissala West, perpetrated by alleged NPP supporters.
Following that, youth aligned to the NPP stormed an Assembly election in Adeiso in the Eastern Region, and allegedly assaulted some assembly members when the election did not go their way.
These added to 18 separate attacks previously reported by Citi News since the NPP assumed the mantle of governance.