Beware of conflict entrepreneurs – Kyei Mensah Bonsu to political parties
Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, has asked political parties to be on the lookout for the activities of people he describes as conflict entrepreneurs behind vigilante groups who could destabilize the country.
According to him, the activities of these groups if not put in check can easily plunge the country into chaos in the name of politics.
Currently, a dialogue has been initiated among the NPP and the NDC to deal with the canker while government has presented a Bill to Parliament on the same issue.
Speaking at a media encounter on the vigilantism and related offences bill, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu called for the support of all to deal with the matter.
“We should not be ignorant of conflict entrepreneurs both within and outside the borders, whom for their selfish game fund these vendors. If we don’t extinguish quickly enough, it could escalate from boot for boot to bomb for bomb, so we should be careful,” he said.
Members of Parliament’s Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee cannot seem to make up their minds and be on the same page when it comes to matters of the Vigilantism and Related Offences Bill, 2019.
On 30th April the Chairman of the Committee, Ben Abdallah maintained that the committee was considering the Bill and was awaiting inputs from stakeholders, while the Ranking Member, Inusah Fuseini said nothing has been done about the Bill.
Mr. Inusah Fuseini was of the view that President Akufo-Addo was out of touch with reality over the Bill.
Inusah Fuseini who is also the Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, in an interview with Citi News, said although all committee members at the meeting agreed to treat the bill as urgent, Government through the Attorney General has done nothing to ensure the passage of the Bill.
“It is a priority for Government because the government had come to Parliament through Attorney General under the certificate of urgency. All the committee members accepted the position of Government, that it was important to deal with the canker of vigilantism and that it could be a threat to our democracy and that we should not under any circumstance tolerate impunity."
"So we accepted that the Bill hasn’t come to Parliament under a certificate of urgency requiring of us to wave the requirements under article 106 2B which mandates the Attorney General to gazette the Bill which requires 14 days notice.”
“So when we went for the committee meeting, we all agreed that let’s accept the Bill as a Bill of urgent nature. Nothing is happening, absolutely nothing is happening on the Bill in Parliament. If you hear a comment on the Bill, it is a footnote. The President is out of touch,” he added.
Parliament on 30th April 2019 was in session as part of a four day period after its recall from recess to mainly work on the Companies Bill and other urgent Bills.