The political vigilante groups in Ghana have now gone into mining as well as rosewood and charcoal trade. They are also providing protection services and will resurface better-armed and more violently, security analyst Prof Kwesi Aning has said.
According to the Director, Faculty of Academic Affairs & Research, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Ghana and Clinical Professor of Peacekeeping Practice at Kennesaw State University, Atlanta: “You know and I know the vigilantes haven’t gone anywhere; that when they resurface, there will be more violence, they’ll be better-armed, and except we bring in the military, we’ll not be able to bring them down”.
“But we are deceiving ourselves that we have dealt with them”, he observed at a three-day dialogue on ‘Ascertaining Vulnerabilities and Resilience in Peace Infrastructure in West Africa’ in Cape Coast, Central Region.
Prof Aning said: “We know that they’ve transformed and are part of the rosewood trade, they are part of the charcoal trade, they are providing protection services, they are mining in Gbane, Tinga and other places, they are involved in cattle rustling, but who born dog to go and tell them that: ‘Stop!’”
“But you, yourself, are saying that we have finished with them”, he said.