President Akufo Addo has served notice to initiate legislation to ban vigilante groups if voluntary disbandment by political parties is not feasible.
Delivering his third State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Thursday, February 21, 2019, President Akufo Addo appealed to the leaders of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to come together immediately and fashion out measures to end vigilantism in Ghana politics.
“I want to use the platform of this message to make a sincere passionate appeal to the leaders of the two main political parties in our country, the ruling NPP and opposition NDC to come together as soon as possible preferably next week to agree on appropriate measures to bring an end to this worrying and unacceptable phenomenon of vigilantism in our body-politic.
“Mr Speaker, I’ve asked the leadership of the NPP to extend an invitation to the leadership of the NDC for such a meeting. The security services of the country will be on standby to assist this meeting. If voluntary disbandment by the parties is not feasible then I will initiate legislation in that matter,” the President added.
He noted that vigorous debate and the exchange of ideas should be the basis of political dialogue and competition in Ghana and not activities of party vigilante groups.
The shooting to death of Abdul Wasiu, a member of the NDC party Taskforce at the party’s Regional Office in Kumasi on Monday by thug known as “Warrior” a member of the same party Vigilante group the “Hawks” is the latest of the mayhem caused by these political party-affiliated vigilante groups.
The phenomenon of political parties forming vigilante groups appears to have become an established part of Ghana’s body politic with civil society groups and other state bodies including the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) calling on all political parties to show their commitment to national stability by disbanding all vigilante groups affiliated to them.