Gun violence not an option for resolution of political disputes-Small Arms Commission

The National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons has reiterated gun violence is not an option for the resolution of internal political disputes, therefore urging the public to desist from it.

This comes after the commission observed the spate of gun violence associated with the on-going voter registration exercise.

A typical example is that of Banda Ahenkro, the Asutifi South Constituency, Kasoa among others.

In a statement, the commission advised that,”As Ghanaians, we should eschew violence and rather promote peace, tolerance and dialogue, powerful means that can be used to enhance our democracy, advance our socioeconomic development and transform our society for our collective wellbeing.”

It added that,”We cannot kill or maim one another in the name of fighting for political power. We must see our political opponents as partners in development.”

The Commission therefore called on the political parties once again to exercise the utmost restraint even in the face of extreme provocation.

“…It is clear that any institution or country that thrives in violence and use it as a means to resolve differences would ultimately be the loser, as no conflict has ever been resolved through the barrel of a gun. Obviously, armed violence cannot settle disputes or conflicts, it rather exacerbates situations.”

It called on the Ghana Police Service to be even-handed in these turbulent times that seek to breach the peace of the country.

 

Below is a statement:

NATIONAL COMMISSION ON SMALL’ ARMS & LIGHT WEAPONS

In case ofreply, theP.O. Box MB 689

Number and date ofthis Letter should be quoted.Ministries, Accra

Our Ref. No •                                              REPUBLIC OF GHANA                                                    21st July, 2020

Your Ref. No •

PRESS RELEASE

THE VOTER REGISTRATION EXERCISE AND GUN

VIOLENCE

The National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons is concerned with the spate of gun violence associated with the on-going voter registration exercise. News of knife attacks, gun violence and shooting incidences in areas such as Banda Ahenkro, the Asutifi South Constituency, Kasoa among others is a worrisome trend, to say the least.

We recall the statement issued by the Commission on 29th June, 2020, a day before the commencement of the voter registration exercise, in which a call for restraint before, during and after the voter registration exercise was made.

In that statement, a call was made on the political parties to encourage their teeming supporters to go out and register in a peaceful manner and not provoke each other. Events taking place now appear to confirm that the Chairman’s advice may have fallen on deaf ears.

The Commission wishes to reiterate that as a country that has embraced democracy, gun violence is not an option for the resolution of internal political disputes. As Ghanaians, we should eschew violence and rather promote peace, tolerance and dialogue, powerful means that can be used to enhance our democracy, advance our socioeconomic development and transform our society for our collective wellbeing. We cannot kill or maim one another in the name of fighting for political power. We must see our political opponents as partners in development.

The Commission strongly believes that intolerance and violence are acts that should not be tolerated by any society, and as a people, we should detest gun violence regardless of where it is coming from because of its destructive nature. Ghanaians should cherish the ideals of a free and democratic society in which all people live together in peace, harmony and with equal opportunities.

We, therefore, call on the political parties once again to exercise the utmost restraint even in the face of extreme provocation, for it is clear that any institution or country that thrives in violence and use it as a means to resolve differences would ultimately be the loser, as no conflict has ever been resolved through the barrel of a gun. Obviously, armed violence cannot settle disputes or conflicts, it rather exacerbates situations.

We also call on the Ghana Police Service to be even-handed in these turbulent times that seek to breach the peace of the country. Any partisan approach can have serious repercussions for our collective peace and security. The Commission appeals to the Police to deal with perpetrators in accordance with the law without fear or favour.

The Small Arms Commission further entreats all political actors to follow the Electoral Commission’s laid down procedures in addressing any misgivings or misunderstandings rather than resorting to the use of guns.

The Commission appeals to all stakeholders to work assiduously to assure the success of the on-going voter registration exercise devoid of gun viole ce.

F, PAUL FRIMPONG-MANSO

BOARD CHAIRMAN

NATIONAL COMMISSION ON SMALL ARMS AND LIGHT WEAPONS (NACSA)

Dated 21 st July, 2020

TO:

All Media Houses

 

Source: Ghananest.com

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