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Politics of Saturday, 23 May 2015

Source: GNA

NCCE tells party leaders to redirect followers

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has expressed shock at the passing away of Mr Adam Mahama, the Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party following an acid attack on him.

“We also acknowledge the ongoing work of the security agencies towards apprehending the perpetrators of this dastardly crime. We take the opportunity to express our condolences to the family of the bereaved and the New Patriotic Party during these difficult times.”

A statement signed by Mr Joyce Afutu, Director, Communications and Corporate Affairs at the NCCE, and copied the GNA, expressed sadness, that the political landscape has grown increasingly intolerant and antagonistic, contrary to the nation’s values as a people.

It also recalled the unfortunate incident in November 2014, when the Nkwanta South District Chief Executive in the Volta Region, Peter Kojo Kenyeso, was murdered in cold blood.

The statement said: “There have been several other instances of violence resulting from intra-party and inter-party differences. These incidents and the growing culture of violent and vitriolic party politics are not good for our country.”

“On the altar of politics, we are sacrificing our culture, our cherished traditions and our very selves. We urge all Ghanaians to remember that political parties exist to serve the people of Ghana and to ensure the development of Ghana in peace, tranquility and stability.”

It said the concept of multi-party democracy is a contest of ideas and ideologies where different political parties work and manage affairs of the State for the wellbeing and interest of the people.

The statement said: “Anytime we deviate from this principle, we put the interest of the people and Ghana in jeopardy. When we resort to insults and violence, its aftermath is devastating. A sole life lost as a result of intolerance or political differences is too high a price to pay.”

“Unfortunately, we seem to be moving away from the exchange of ideas in our politics to insults, personal attacks and violence. We strongly urge the leaders of our political parties to show leadership at this time and redirect their followers, on a better path, to ensure that the national interest is paramount at all times, and above personal or partisan interests. We cannot continue on this current path.” It added.

“The NCCE averred that Ghana is known and recognised as the bastion of peace and democratic stability in our sub region yet, we risk losing our stability, our national cohesion and more Ghanaian lives if we do not immediately pause, reflect and re-engineer our politics. One life lost, is one too much on the altar of political differences.

The statement therefore reminds all Ghanaians that Article 41 (c) enjoins all citizens to foster national unity and live in harmony with others.

It said it is imperative for Ghanaians to show tolerance and appreciate the fundamental human rights of other people as they enjoy our rights as citizens.