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Disband all your vigilante groups to safeguard our upcoming polls-NCCE to political parties

Written by  Oct 10, 2018
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Mrs Joyce Afutu, has said, the existence of political vigilante groups is a threat to national security and democracy. In an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, she said, these groups formed by political parties if not checked will destabilise the country and threaten our democracy. Vigilante groups she said must be disbanded and also underscored the need for politicians to desist from interfering in the work of the various security services. She made reference to the near attack on MP for Tafo, Dr. Akoto Osei and similar occurrences undertaken by Delta Force group, a vigilante group associated to the NPP. She described as illegal the existence of vigilante groups and has called on political parties to disband their groups. ‘’If don’t take steps to resolve this problem, we will encounter serious crisis and upcoming 2020 polls would be threatened,’’ she lamented. She added, ‘’but for the intervention of the police and the grace of God, the Tafo MP would have been attacked. This is not the best. We have to condemn it.’’ Mrs Afutu emphasised that, the issue has reached a crisis level and calls for a collective efforts to resolve it. Members of Delta Force over the weekend attempted to attack the Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr Anthony Akoto Osei, at Tafo Pankrono, where he is also the Legislator. Even though the Minister was whisked away to safety, the action of the group disrupted the planned meeting between the Minister and NPP constituency executives. Addressing a news conference in Accra on Monday, the Chairperson of the NCCE, Josephine Nkrumah, said the recurring attacks on state officials and installations by the political vigilante group has reached levels worth classifying as "a national crisis" hence demanded a state-led swift action.
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