National Democratic Congress Communication member Abdul Razak believes the challenge thrown by President Akufo-Addo for the two major political parties to meet and disband their vigilante groups was just a political gimmick and meant nothing.
According him, “Ghana has never been safe under President Akufo-Addo’s regime. The then candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo brought two South African mercenaries to train his vigilante group, also former president Agyekum Kufour after his tenure cautioned the NPP to vote for someone who is not a violent type but his advice was rejected and today, we are witnessing lawlessness under him”.
“He who preaches equity must come with a clean hand,” he said.
In an interview with Kwabena Agyapong on Rainbow Radio 87.5fm he said, “officially, we do not have any vigilante group in the NDC. It is the NPP that is financing the Delta Force, Invisible Forces, De Eye group among others, President Akufo Addo has all powers at his disposal if he sincerely wants to disband these groups, he should do it.’’
“I keep asking the question, are we safe? The peaceful country NDC left in his care has become unsafe, assassination everywhere. Ahmed Suale the investigative journalist, the Ghana Ports Authority woman were all assassinated recently,” he said.
Meanwhile, the president has directed the Attorney-General to draft a legal framework to disband vigilantism.
“I have, in line with my pronouncement to Parliament during the Message on the State of the Nation on 21st February, 2019 instructed the Attorney General, without prejudice to the outcome of the engagement, if any, between the NPP and NDC, to prepare and submit to Parliament, as soon as possible, specific legislation to deal with the phenomenon of vigilantism, and provide appropriate sanctions against its occurrence.”
“I believe that the parliamentary process of enactment affords sufficient space for any citizen to make an input or contribution to the enactment of a good and effective law, whose implementation will enable us rid our nation of politically-related violence, a development that an only inure to the benefit of Ghanaian democracy and to the preservation of law and order,” President Akufo-Addo added.