Meeting or no meeting vigilante law is coming – Akufo-Addo to NPP, NDC
- 01 Apr 2019 --
President Nana Akufo-Addo has reinforced his resolve to institute a law against the formation of private militia otherwise known as vigilante groups by political parties in the country.
The President said over the weekend that he was determined to make sure the law is passed, despite a planned meeting between the leadership of his own party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) over the issue.
Speaking with the Ghanaian community in Worcester, Massachusetts in the USA, the President described the issue of vigilantism as a “worrying phenomenon,” stressing the need to nip it in the bud.
The NPP and NDC last week agreed to a meeting over the issue following a directive from the President in his State of the Nation Address on February 21, for them to end the menace of party militias ahead of 2020 elections. He said if that failed he would initiate legislation on the matter.
The leadership of the two parties haggled for weeks and eventually agreed to have the National Peace Council to mediate the meeting.
President Akufo-Addo has, however, gone ahead to instruct the Attorney-General to draft a bill to tackle the menace.
Speaking at Saturday’s townhall meeting with citizens in the USA, Nana Akufo-Addo stated that regardless of the outcome of the meeting between the New Patriotic Party and the National Democratic Congress, he is going ahead to legislate against vigilantism.
“Whatever happens in those discussions; if they are positive, good [but] if they are negative, we are still going ahead to deal with the phenomenon, we are going to deal with the ‘vigilante law’,” he said to resounding applause from his audience.