Peace Council is not Partisan
The outgoing Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev Emmanuel Martey, is in the news again for the wrong reasons. He has accused the Deputy Interior Minister, Mr James Galga-MP of lobbying him to become the chairman of the National Peace Council (NPC).
This unfounded allegation, as was dismissed by the interior ministry, casts the Council in a very bad light as an appendage of any political party because it presupposes that the selection of the chairmanship is influenced by politicians.
A body such as the NPC which was formed to facilitate and develop mechanisms for conflict prevention, management, resolution and to build sustainable peace in the country cannot and must not engage in partisan politics because of the crucial roles it plays in our fledgling democratic dispensation.
The Republic therefore finds it appropriate for the chairman of the Council, Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante to come to the defence of the NPC by stating unequivocally that his outfit does not do partisan politics nor pander to the whims and caprices of any political party.
“The Governing Board of the National Peace Council, however, considers the said statement to be very unfortunate, given that it does not only undermine the act that established the council; it also questions the integrity and independence of the council collectively and its eminent members individually.” ,Rev Asante said at a press conference few days ago.
The Republic finds Rev. Martey’s conduct very unfortunate and not befitting of a Christian leader. When he was asked to produce the name of the said politician he claimed tried silencing him from criticising government with a bribe of $100,000, a V8 and a house, the ‘man of God ‘ said he was not interested in getting personal by mentioning the alleged politician in question.
How come he has found it convenient by mentioning the name of the deputy interior minister as being the one who tried allegedly lobbying him to become the chairman of the Council. Or this is one is not a “personal” matter? Religious leaders should not stoop low by acting in a very foul and inconsistent manner so as to raise issues about their commitment to the things of God.
The NPC remains non-partisan and must be seen and acting same. The Republic commends the Most Rev. Prof. Asante-led Council for doing a sterling job so far in keeping the peace of the nation.