• The Menace of Vigilantism Results From Poor and Distrustful Leadership – Dr. Kwesi Aning

  • May 31, 2017
  • The Director of Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research (FAAR) at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Dr. Kwesi Aning, has declared that the menace of political vigilantism results from poor and distrustful leadership explaining that when politicians promise jobs and fail to deliver when they come into power, it creates mistrust and leads such groups to find ways to cater for themselves.

    He was speaking at the national security forum on the challenge of vigilante groups organized by the West Africa Centre for Counter-Extremism (WACCE) in collaboration with GBC 24 of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) as part of its Annual Dialogue Series to address the mounting challenge of vigilante groups in Ghana on Wednesday May 31, 2017 at the GBC. The forum brought together about 70 participants from varied backgrounds. It included key stakeholders to examine the incidence and employ of Vigilante Groups in Ghana’s democratic space.

    Dr. Kwesi Aning who spoke as a keynote speaker at the event identified that the formation and activities of vigilante groups are driven largely by material and economic considerations. He referred to the youth bulge with associated problems of unemployment, petty crime, armed robbery as a potential turmoil, ticking bomb. This funnels and fuels into other problems such as galamsey, the illegal small arms in the system. He dismissed the idea that poverty is responsible for some of these. Other distinguished speakers at the one-day forum included the Chairman of the National Peace Council, Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Asante, Deputy Minister for the Interior and Member of Parliament for Awaywaso Central, Hon Henry Quartey, the Danish Ambassador to Ghana Her Excellency Tove Degnbol, the Vice President of Imani Ghana, Mr. Kofi Bentil and former Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection Madam Nana Oye Lithur.

    Her Excellency Tove Degnbol, Danish Ambassador to Ghana delivering her speech at the forum.

    Stakeholder representatives included Government of Ghana officials from the Ministry of the Interior, Members of Parliament, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Small Arms and Light Weapons Commission, civil society organizations including the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), security officials and practitioners, the diplomatic community and the Danish Embassy. Others include the South African High Commission, the Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan, political party representatives including the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), Youth leaders and students from the University of Ghana, Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) as well as Religious leaders.

    Mr. Abdul Hayi Moomen of GBC addressing the audience at the forum.

    Dr. Kwame Akuffo Anoff-Ntow, Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting (GBC) delivering his welcome remarks.