Vigilante groups will be difficult to disband when turned into rebel groups – Bishop Agyinasare warns

Head pastor and General Overseer of Perez Chapel International, Bishop Charles Agyinasare has warned that it will be difficult to disband vigilante or militia groups if they turn out into rebel groups that seek to spread their violent and extremist ideologies.

According to him, actions by these vigilante or militia groups can be tracked to the inception of the 4th republic in 1992 where politicians protect their ballot boxes with macho men.

This, he said, has “evolve through faces of ugliness through to 2009 and reached the climax in 2017. Memories of unwarranted attacks on police officers, judges in the courtroom, locking up of public officers and then the events of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election which is currently under inquiry.”

Bishop Agyinasare who was speaking at the thanksgiving service of the opposition NDC observed that the growing inter and intra-political intolerance threatens the democracy of the country.

“This situation is further threatened by the emergence of sponsored and trained armed groups belonging to the two main political parties, NPP and NDC. Ironically, we turn to associate vigilantism to this cruel, barbaric and illegal groups who have proven to be a danger even to their respective parties as they are to their opponents and to society in general,” he said.

Bishop Agyinasare noted that actions of these vigilante groups in Ghana are conspiracies to commit political crimes, which will give an advantage to their respective political parties.

He described the actions of these groups as unrefined, cruel, illegal and unacceptable which is not consistent with Ghana’s civilisation.