Former President John Mahama has said that the solution proposed by President Nana Akufo-Addo to deal with party-affiliated militias in the country will not work.
“The initiative has been shown but I think that the structure he is suggesting won’t work. Just to tell NPP to invite your brothers NDC to come and sit and see how you can ban vigilantes is too simplistic,” he told Accra-based Radio Gold on Friday, 22 February 2019.
In his view, the “NDC and NPP on their own cannot resolve those issues”.
Mr Mahama said there are several other stakeholders that should be included in the process, such as the National Peace Council, security experts and other individuals and organisations who must dissect the situation and propose a solution to it.
The former president said a method should also be fashioned out to “delist vigilantes who are embedded in the security services already”.
President Akufo-Addo, in his third state of the nation address (SoNA), told parliament on Thursday, 21 February 2019 that if the two main political parties – the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) – do not voluntarily meet to fashion out ways to disband their militias, he would apply legislation to disband them himself.
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”.