The Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George, has said the National Democratic Congress (NDC) does not support, finance and operate vigilante groups.
Answering a question on whether the NDC have vigilante groups, he said, these groups which he refused to describe as vigilante groups are owned by individuals for the purpose of political interest but are not sanctioned by political parties.
He said, it would be naive on his part to say these groups and their activities does not benefit the parties but stressed their activities are not sanctioned by the NDC.
When asked if individuals should be targeted or political parties when the disbandment of vigilante groups is to be pushed, he said, these groups owe allegiance to individuals and these individuals use them for political purposes and these purpose are served through a vehicle that is a political party.
Sam George went on to indicate that, political parties sometimes reward vigilante group members and made reference to an interview on Adom Fm where a member of the Invisible Forces-a vigilante group associated with the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP)- disclosed some members have been rewarded for working for the NPP to win power.
The Commission then made a request for the tape which he said was willing to provide a copy.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said 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 vigilante groups, he would apply legislation to disband them himself.
The president has, therefore, appealed to the leadership of the NPP and the NDC to meet over the matter and voluntarily disband all vigilante groups affiliated to them.
Delivering his third state of the nation address in parliament on Thursday, 21 February 2019, 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.”