Former presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana, Most Reverend Titus Awotwi Pratt, has attributed the inability of security services in Ghana to fight crime to undue political interference.
Speaking at the one-year anniversary thanksgiving service of the Consolidated Bank of Ghana (CBG) in Accra, Most Rev. Titus observed that appointments into the security services are made more on the considerations of political cronyism rather than on merit.
He said the products of this kind of appointments are unable to fight crime even if it is committed in the full glare of the public.
“Go to civilized countries, certain positions, people are there because of their merit, not appointed by politicians and they work and serve well. Look at our security agencies, puppets of the ruling government and so they are not able to open their mouth, even arrest thieves who ride public cars and are fed by the state”, he said.
Most Rev. Titus also bemoaned the situation where people who commit menial offences languish in jail and others in prison remand while politicians who loot state resources walk freely.
“People who earn more and better way of salary and free/fringe benefits, occupying official houses with chauffeur driven cars, benefits come in thousands, they steal the most in the country”, he noted
“Go around the prisons, as we go around to give communion, ‘he has stolen a fowl’, ‘he has stolen a goat’, some in remand for years, yet those who openly steal and plunder walk our streets, what kind of society is this?”, he added.