|Let Us Maintain Peace|
|Tuesday, 17 July 2012 10:26|
The Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Mr Elvis Afriyie Ankrah has hinted that the government as part of its commitment to ensuring peace for election 2012 has resolved to condemn, name and shame any member of the party whose conduct and pronouncement have the tendency to create trouble for the country.
The Deputy Minister made this statement when he addressed church members and leaders of political parties at a special prayer session for peace, election 2012 organized by the Faith Chapel Assemblies of God Church McCarthy Hill.
He added that it was not enough to talk about peace but also important to do things that would promote peace, “It is for this reason that the party has issued a code of conduct to their members to remind them that they would be shamed publicly if they went contrary to the directive”, he stressed.
He called on political party leaders to lead by example, “by making statements and conducting themselves in a manner that will promote peace”. He called for concerted action to deal with people who would make divisive statement.
The Member of Parliament for the Weija Constituency, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey expressed worry at the decay of Ghanaian culture which had given rise to indiscipline and disrespect for the elderly. “This negative tendency is demonstrated on the radio airwaves every morning when phone lines are opened for public opinion”, she lamented. She called for collective action to address the problem.
She asked Ghanaians to take a cue from what happened to neighbouring countries like La Cote d’Ivoire, Serria Leone, Sudan and others and amend their ways. The MP called on the youth not to allow themselves to be used by politicians and individuals to forment trouble.
Preaching the sermon on the theme ‘Peace be still’, the Minister in-charge of the Faith Chapel of the Assemblies of God Church at McCarthy Hill, Rev. Ben-Newlife-Zoto stated that Christians would be committing a serious sin if they failed to pray for Ghana since the Bible admonished them to do so.
He said individual peace was embedded in the overall national peace, and therefore all should pray for peaceful election.
Source: ISD (Raymond Kwofie)