The Rastafari Council, Ghana, the umbrella body of members of the Rastafari Faith has expressed anger over comments made by Western Regional Director of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority, DVLA, Emmanuel Narh calling for his removal from office.
According to the council, Mr. Narh is not fit to hold the office because of his discrimination against Rastafarians.
In a statement signed by its National President, Ahumah Boscoe Ocansey, they said “he is not fit to hold such a dignified public office as he is on record to have made assertions along the lines of denying drivers’ licenses to members of the Rastafari Faith. This pronouncement by the Western Regional DVLA head is an affront on Article 21 (c) of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution that guarantees the rights and liberties of all Ghanaians devoid of religion.”
The Council comment follows remarks made by the Western Regional Director of DVLA that HIS office does not give license to just any Rastafarian.
“ We don’t give license to just any rasta. You need to prove that you belong to a credible rasta faith before we can grant you a license. Or you need to prove that you belong to a family with roots and enough grounds not to cut your hair,” he said.
However the council says the claim by the Western Regional DVLA head is an affront on Article 21 (c) of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution that guarantees the rights and liberties of all Ghanaians devoid of religion.
The Rastafari Council called on “the likes Emmanuel Narh and Ben Kwesi Ansah to exert their energies on ridding the roads of rickety vehicles and alcoholic drivers instead of being myopic and bigoted against members of the Rastafari Faith.”