Disbandment of vigilante groups: NDC is making this issue hard – Buabeng Asamoah

The Communications Director of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Yaw Buabeng Asamoah has disclosed his party will soon write to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to invite them on the disbandment of vigilante groups as directed by the President.

According to him, the issue of vigilantism is between the opposition NDC and ruling NPP as such it will be convenient for them to settle it by themselves amicably without involving any third party.

Speaking on Okay FMs ‘Ade Akye Abia’ programme, he said the NPP wanted to established some trust with the NDC before any letter will follow, that was why the party Chairman Mr. Freddie Blay made the first step by calling NDC Chairman, Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo.

“I don’t know why NDC is making this issue hard for them . . . what will happen if we (NDC & NPP) settle this issue of vigilantism without involving any stakeholders . . . as for us we have already started the discussion with our youth on the disbandment of the vigilantism.”

“We will write to NDC if that is what they want so that we can put this issues to rest once and for all,” he stressed.

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has written to President Akufo-Addo, stating its position on the proposed meeting for the disbandment of political vigilante groups in the country.

President Akufo-Addo, on February 21 whilst delivering his third State of the Nation Address (SoNA), called on both the NDC and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to meet within a week to deliberate on the way forward to disbanding all political militia groups in the country.

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But in a written response to the President’s call on February 28, the NDC said it was prudent that the call for a disbandment is extended to not only the NDC and the NPP, but all political parties, civil society organisations, representatives of the media, representatives of the military, police and other security agencies, as well as any other relevant stakeholders.

According to the statement signed by the NDC National Chairman, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, and copied to the Chairman of the NPP, Freddie Blay, as well as the Chairman of the National Peace Council, “In addition, in view of the often recurrent mistrust, and suspicion that characterize such interactions by political parties, and the pain and suffering that vigilantism may have created especially in the recent past, it is of the utmost importance that a mediator with national credibility be appointed to drive the entire process.”

It said, “In that regard, my party, the NDC, propose that the National Peace Council be appointed as the mediator for such a meeting.”

It added that “we also think that the Peace Council will require as collaborators, institutions that may have unimpeachable knowledge and expertise in providing support for such efforts.”

The statement indicated that “and in this regard the NDC propose that the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) and the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) join the Peace Council to facilitate the process.”