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Speak peace, bishop tells politicians
by Alex Allotey
CAPA 040504-7
May 4, 2004

[CAPA - West Africa] The Presiding Bishop of the Joint Diocesan Council of Ghana, The Rt. Rev. Emmanuel A. Arongo, has underscored the need for politicians to speak messages of peace rather than sow seeds of discord.

He said it was up to politicians to guard against the use of inflammatory words, adding that those who had nothing to offer should leave the political scene and not incite the people against one another

Bishop Arongo, who is also the Anglican Bishop of Tamale Diocese, made the passionate call when he spoke at the ordination of Rev. Father Isaac Ampadu Dankwa at the Holy Redeemer Anglican Church at Agona Kwanyako in Ghana last Sunday.

The Presiding Bishop pointed out that “without peace, the nation cannot move forward. If there are chaos, everybody will run up and down and life will be threatened. So peace is the number one thing that we all need in our country”.

Rt. Rev. Arongo urged politicians to ensure that whatever they did or said would encompass peace, in order to discover potentials that would help in the nation’s development.

The Bishop said in the western world, people used their intellect to manufacture products, and expressed disappointment that although Ghana abounded in rich natural resources, the nation was not doing much to develop the resources.

He cited the example of Kintampo in the Brong Ahafo region, where millions of mangoes were rotting each year because of lack of facilities to process them.

Bishop Arongo urged the two major political parties, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), to avoid hurling insults at each other in their campaigns to ensure peace and stability.

The prelate advised Ghanaians, especially politicians, to seek interpretations on contentious issues in courts of law and to refrain from making vain promises that they cannot fulfil.

In a hard-hitting sermon, Bishop Arongo reminded the electorate of their civic responsibility and duty to vote and elect responsible people to represent them in Parliament.