Loss of judiciary confidence increases illicit arms among Ghanaians – GUNA

Loss of confidence in the judicial system contributes to the increase in the small and light weapons among Ghanaians, hence, the difficulty in retrieving them from the people, Ghana United Nations Association (GUNA) has stated.

In an interview with The Republic, the President of the GUNA National Youth Affairs, Mr. Charles Nkrumah, on the sideling of the disarmament week celebration at Ashaiman, said Ghanaians, especially the youth, have lost confidence in the Judiciary because of defective judgments and that leads to fight and killings.

“Imaging someone or a young person struggled to buy a piece of land or owns any valuable property and the rich used the court system to snatch that property from this person, can you tell what this person will do if he has his way, with the conviction that he owns the property?” Mr. Nkrumah quizzed.

Also, he alleged that, though the judiciary says ‘Justice Is Not For Sale’, yet, the fee to appeal in a case is enough to scare any deprived person who is convinced that the court has not been fair to him/her. It takes only the rich to file for appeal, so if unacceptable judgment was given, the beneficiary of that judgment goes away with it unchallenged for correction.

The event, which observed disarmament week on the theme, ‘Highlighting The Danger Of The Arms Race, And Need For Its Cessation,’ revealed that about 2.3million small arms and light weapons are in the hands of civilians in various Ghanaian homes.

The damning revelation was contained in a 2015 survey conducted by the United Nations (UN) and Small Arms Commission of Ghana, supported by the Ghana Police Service.

Speaking at this year’s Ghana United Nations Association Disarmament Week at Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region, the Tema Regional Police Commander, DCOP George Tuffour, indicated that the number was a significant increment of about 850% from the 2004 baseline survey, which pegged illicit arms at 240,000.

He said the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had established that the wide circulations of these illicit arms are also contribute to the main course of chieftaincy violence and land conflicts in the country.

According to DSP Cleance Adikah, who represented the DCOP, up to 1.5 billion people live in countries that are affected by conflict and fragility, and 70% of fragile states have experienced conflict since 1989.

DCOP Tuffour, therefore, urged citizens in possession of illegal arms to surrender them to the Ghana Police and called on all to support the crusade against the proliferation of small arms (pistol, hand-guns, and rifles) and light weapons.

Mr. Chris Pardie, the Secretary General of Ghana United Nations Association (GUNA), Ghana chapter, blamed politicians for contributing to the proliferation of small arms and light weapons among Ghanaian.

Mr. Pardie implored the authorities, especially the Ghana Police Service, to embark on a serious exercise of retrieving these arms from the civilians with monetary awards; by this, he hoped arms would be reduced among the people considerably.

Comrade Sammy Ojo Bamidele, National Secretary for Youth Affairs, GUNA, advised young couples to be mindful of the kind of toy guns they buy for their children to play with.

He said playing with these toy guns gives the child encouragement to grow up and start using live guns.

Comrade Ojo Bamidele noted that such playing materials contribute a lot to the upbringing of the children; adding that, “if you buy a toy gun to your child he will grow up to use the live gun on people, even you the parents.”

Comrade Bamidele also frowned on fire crackers use in celebrating of Christmas.


Source:therepublicnewsonline.com/Delali A. Awuyeh

The Republic News Online

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