ECOWAS mediator should supervise disbanding party militia meeting – Security expert

President Nana Akufo-Addo’s proposal for only the two major political parties in Ghana to dialogue on disbanding militia groups affiliated to their respective parties has been challenged, this time by a security expert.

Adam Bonaa believes a mediation team from the sub-regional comity of nations, Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS] should mediate the process.

He told Roland Walker on the AM Show on the Joy News channel on MultiTV Monday that if the two parties – NPP and NDC – are made to dialogue alone, the situation would degenerate further.

“…they will box each other before they come out,” he said. ECOWAS is best fit to mediate the dialogue, he continued.

“Let us bring someone from ECOWAS to mediate the process,” he noted.

President Akufo-Addo in his State of the Nation Address in February appealed to the NDC and the NPP to meet and dialogue to disband their militia groups.

Following that, the NDC Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo wrote to the President suggesting that the Chairman of the National Peace Council should mediate the dialogue.

The NDC’s letter added that other political parties, civil society and the media as well as international peace bodies join the dialogue. But Akufo-Addo dismissed the suggestion, saying that he sees no basis for it.

In his speech at the 62nd Independence Day anniversary, Akufo-Addo repeated his stance that the two parties must dialogue alone.

He said the NPP and the NDC have since the beginning of the fourth republic, have garnered 95% or more of the votes and can dialogue on the matter.

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How should the process go?

But in a divergent view, Mr. Bonaa said the state should set up a police-military taskforce against party militia.

This taskforce, he said should be answerable to an ECOWAS mediator and not the executive arm of government.

He added that the taskforce should be on standby to quell any disturbances from the illegal militia groups.

“The mediator will be supervising the work of the joint taskforce,” he noted. He also said the taskforce should address the public directly on their operations to keep confidence in the process.

Contrary to the wishes of President Akufo-Addo, Mr. Bonaa says others must come in to help.

“They [NDC and NPP] signed some peace accord sometime back to disband this groups but it didn’t work,” he said, indicating that the two parties cannot solve the menace.