Catholic Bishops lament bias in enforcement of COVID-19 protocols

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference has described as unfair the manner in which the COVID-19 protocols are being enforced.

Their concern follows the arrest and imprisonment of some Church leaders for flouting the President’s directives on COVID-19.

According to many, the recently held NPP primaries saw massive disregard for the directives instituted to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus yet, the law did not take its course as was the case of the church leaders.

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President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Most Rev. Philip Naameh told ABC News that he has no problem with the arrest of the church leaders for breaching the law but lamented what he described as unfairness in the implementation of the law.

”These are individual cases and they might have been arrested for a clear violation of the protocols, and that is why we took about two weeks to educate our Priests and also the laypeople that we need to hold on to these protocols,” Archbishop Naameh said.

He added, ”You know the answer yourself, here in Ghana, we have difficulties implementing laws; the laws are there but the implementation is also another thing. So, with this one, I can only exalt that the government ensures that they are fair on who to arrest and that the same law should be used by they themselves as a political party in their rallies as well.”

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In April this year, a pastor from Tongor-Abui in the Volta Region was jailed four years alongside two others, for defying the ban on social gatherings.

Sampson Agakpe, the founder of the Church of Pure Christ, Assistant Pastor, Maxwell Dzogoedzikpe and church secretary, Samuel Agakpe were arrested on April 12 for holding a church service contrary to the president’s orders.

Prosecutors said more than 50 persons attended the service, all of whom managed to escape when police got to the scene

The trio were arraigned before the Kpando Circuit Court where they pleaded guilty to flouting the ban put in place under the Imposition of Restrictions Act 2020.

Meanwhile, some pastors after the NPP held its parliamentary primaries on June 20, 2020 have accused the governing party of flouting Covid-19 protocols, especially because delegates and supporters did not observe social distancing during the event.

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