Outcome of first 'political vigilantism' dialogue disappointing – Asiedu Nketiah
The General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah has expressed disappointment in the outcome of the first day of the dialogue on vigilantism mediated by the National Peace Council (NPC)
to him, his expectations were not met because the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and NDC could not agree on the scope of the discussion.
“Generally the summary of my impression is that I was disappointed about the outcome of the meeting. My expectation going into the meeting was that the meeting was going to deal with the scope of the discussion i.e, what type of vigilantism are we talking about, and what can we discuss as part of the national dialogue,” he said in a radio interview with Accra-based Citi FM on Wednesday morning.
“My second expectation was that we can talk about the level of participation — who are those qualified and based on what criteria would that person participate — this was our understanding of the purpose of this meeting. But unfortunately, when we went, we could neither agree on the scope completely nor the level of participation by other stakeholders,” he said.
The outcome of Tuesday’s meeting was that the two major political parties, NDC and NPP would emphasize the need to stop the activities of political vigilante groups in the country.
The NPP and the NDC among other things also agreed to stop the ownership, hiring and the utilisation of vigilante and militia groups by political members.
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The chairman of the National Peace Council, Prof. Emmanuel Asante who chaired the meeting said: “After an open and exhaustive deliberation, the parties agreed that vigilantism is inimical to Ghana’s system and must be eradicated.”
“Significantly, both parties agreed to engage in deliberations aimed 1. Disbanding vigilante groups operating within political parties or for political purposes. 2. Prohibiting the ownership, hiring or utilization of such groups by the political parties or members thereof; 3.Cooperating with state agencies and stakeholders in the total eradication of such groups or incidence of vigilantism in the country,” Prof Asante said when he briefed the media after the meeting.
The National Peace Council invited both parties for the meeting following President Akufo-Addo’s call for them to meet and resolve the issue of political party vigilantism in the country.
The meeting took place at the Central Hotel, near the British High Commission in Accra.
The meeting was aimed at offering an opportunity for the two factions to table a number of proposals and modalities for disbanding vigilante groups.