Former President John Dramani Mahama has suggested the New Patriotic Party and National Democratic Congress (NDC) cannot on their own, disband all the vigilante groups.
Reacting to the call by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on the two major political parties to voluntarily disband their vigilante groups, the former president that would not be an easy task for the=m to carry out.
According to the former President, the menace has become complex; therefore, other players must be brought on board.
“The peace council, security experts and other players should be bought in,” he told Accra based Radio Gold.
He said some members of such illegal groups have infiltrated the state’s security, therefore, the state must find ways to “delist the vigilantes from the security forces.”
He commended President Akufo-Addo saying, “I am happy he has taken the initiative but was quick to add the “structure” the lawyer President was suggesting “is not right.”
“The structure he has taken won’t work. It’s too simplistic. The two parties alone cannot deal with it,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo has challenged the two parties to disband all vigilante groups voluntarily or he would be forced to initiate a legal framework to deal with the problem.
In his State of the Nation’s Address on Thursday in Parliament, he said “I have asked the leadership of the NPP to extend an invitation to the leadership of the NDC for such a meeting on vigilantism. The security services of the country will be on standby to assist this meeting.
“If voluntary disbandment by the parties is not feasible, then I will initiate legislation on the matter. Vigorous debate and the exchange of ideas should be the true basis of political dialogue and competition in our country, not the activities of party vigilante groups.
“What was tolerated over the years cannot and must not be accepted anymore. We must not take our peace and security for granted— not for a moment. Our children and grandchildren will not forgive us if we were to compromise our peace and stability. I will not permit that to occur under my watch.”
But Mr Mahama believes other stakeholders should be involved because there a number of questions that will bubble up including how to neutralise members of the various political vigilante groups.