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Party Vigilantism: Akufo-Addo’s disbandment order fake –Helen Ntoso

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was not sincere with his directive to the two main political parties, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), to disband all party-affiliated militia groups, MP for Krachi West , Helen Adjoa Ntoso, has said….

According to her, President Akufo-Addo and the NPP are direct beneficiaries of such militia groups in Ghana and, therefore, cannot dissolve them.

Speaking to THE REPUBLIC on the State of the Nation address to parliament by the President on Thursday February 21, Mrs Ntoso said President Akufo-Addo’s call should not be trusted because he did not mean it.

While delivering his third state of the nation address, Nana Akufo-Addo said: “I want to make a sincere passionate appeal to the leaders of the two main political parties in our country – NPP and 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 such a meeting. If voluntary disbandment by the parties is not feasible, then I’ll initiate legislation in the matter.”

But Mrs Ntoso who is the immediate former Volta Regional Minister said, “the call is not from his heart, he doesn’t mean it, he is only talking, he cannot fool us, he should first disband his men, he is surrounded by the Invisible and the Delta Forces, he should disband them.”

The Krachi West lawmaker added, “the president is a direct beneficiary of vigilantism in Ghana. He formed the groups when he was in opposition because, as he himself said, he did not trust the police. And, so, how can he disband them?”

“He won’t do it because it benefited him. We in the NDC have always said that these vigilante groups should be disbanded but the NPP doesn’t call for such action.

“They can’t because they benefit from it. I don’t have any confidence and I don’t trust in what Akufo-Addo has said.”

Mrs Ntoso who is a member on Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament said, although the NDC would welcomes the president’s proposal for the two major parties to meet over the menace, she believed political vigilantism could only be solved if there is a genuine political will backed by Government’s actions.

She further expressed the view that there are already existing laws in the country capable of dealing with political hooliganism and the only thing is for the government to allow the police to enforce the laws.

The former Regional Minister also asked the President and his government to remove people she described as thugs and hoodlums from the various security agencies.

“I think the Akufo-Addo should rather takes immediate steps to disband and disarm the illegal Armed Force being maintained by the National Security Council, which is chaired by no less a person than himself as the President of the Republic of Ghana.

“The president is the Commander in Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces and he must take immediate steps to purge all security agencies of these NPP thugs and hoodlums,” she stressed.

She added that, if the President call was not insincere and fake, the Government and the NPP should publicly denounces and disbands, not just in word but also in deed, all their vigilante groups and political militias.

On the economy, Mrs Ntoso said there was nothing new in the 2019 SONA that the president did not say in 2017 and2018, adding that, all what the told parliament was repetition and rhetoric.

 

Source: therepublicnewso line.com/Felix Nyaaba

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