Senior Programmes Officer for the Center for Democratic Development Ghana( CDD-GH), Paul Abrampah Mensah has said, persons whose pronouncements tend to fuel political violence must be condemn outright.
He said, the person being a polling station, constituency or a national executive member should be condemn without fear or favour.
The Criminal Investigative Department of the Ghana Police Service has initiated an investigation into a radio comment made by the Deputy General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Obiri Boahen which is said to be a breach of peace.
He is said to have made a comment during a radio interview on Accra based Okay FM on May 15, 2020, which is said to be in relation to the offence of offensive conduct conducive to the breach of the peace contrary to section 207 of the Criminal and Other Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29)
The CID has also questioned Major Kojo Boakye-Gyan (rtd) for his alleged ‘Civil War’ comment made on Okay fm.
But speaking to Akua Nyarko Abronoma, host of Dinpa anopa bosuo show Thursday May 21 when reacting to such comments that have the tendency to cause electoral violence, Mensah Abrampah said, “We’ve successfully held seven(7) elections in Ghana in the 4th Republic, that doesn’t mean the election process has been smooth over the years. We have had series of violence but not spontaneous ones that could distort the electoral process and the peace of the country. That does not mean we are free from violence, we need to be mindful in our utterances”, Mr. Abrampah stressed.
He noted that, political leaders must take a serious lesson from the electoral violence that occurred during the Ayawaso West Wuogon Bye-election and take note that the country could be plunged into same chaos during the 2020 general elections.
“If you read the theory of election violence, you will realize that, the leader of the violent group who orchestrate the act do not directly involve themselves in it.”
“They have several followers and they act upon whatever they say, it is therefore dangerous for such powerful political leaders to speak this way”, he noted.
The Senior Programmes Officer added that, ”People are peeved as a results of the violence act that occurred during the Ayawaso West Wuogon Bye-election and are ready to retaliate.
Since the government has also failed to implement most of the accepted recommendations of the Justice Emile Short Commission and violence thrives on lingering conflicts, it would be prudent comments that could spark violence are avoided as early as possible. “
Listen to the voice of Mr. Abrampah Mensah