Christian groups express worry over political impunity, hate speech, other issues

Christian groups express worry over political impunity, hate speech, other issues

Some Christian groups have  registered their worry about happenings in the political atmosphere in the country.

According to them, leading members of some political parties have shown gross disrespect to Ghanaians by their use of hate speech which they believed if not checked will result in conflict.

The Christian Council and the Catholic Bishops Conference have warned that for peace to be maintained in the country after the November 2016 election, the issue of political intimidation and impunity should be done away with by the political leaders.

They argued the problems which faced the recent Electoral Commission (EC)’s Limited Voter Registration exercise spoke of the preparedness of some political parties to plunge the country into anarchy because of power.

They called on Ghanaians to jealousy guard against such influences from persons who are motivated by their need to get to power.

The also admonished the EC to be confident, neutral and transparent in whatever it does in the pre and post-November election.

On the issue of the Interception of Postal Packet and Communication bill which is before Parliament, the two leading Christian groups described it as needless.

Re-echoing arguments of some legal practitioners in the country, the Catholic Bishops Conference, and the Christian Council said there existing laws to do what the new bill will do.

They urged the government to withdraw the bill from Parliament.

Touching on the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), they agreed it is in a dire strait which needs to be rescued.

According to them, ten years into the Scheme the nation is still struggling with how to handle issues relating to the operation of the social programme.

They asked the government to come out with a workable plan to revive the scheme.

 

Source: Myjoyonline

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