NDC ready to meet over dialogue to disband vigilante groups but…Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has said the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is willing to attend a bi-partisan meeting which will ostensibly seek to end political vigilantism in the country.

Delivering an address at a thanksgiving service held to celebrate thank God for a successful presidential primary of the NDC, at the Perez Dome, the former president and candidate for the 2020 presidential national elections said the NDC will ensure that objectives of the discussions at the meeting which will be held with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) are “upheld.”

“We have written a letter to the President and we say that the National Peace Council is the best organization to preside over the talks on disbanding vigilantism. NDC is going into that conference in good faith,” said the former President.

The president had earlier in an interview on Radio Gold said the call by the president was not going to work because it is too simplistic.

“I am happy he [President Akufo-Addo] is taking the initiative to try and resolve the matter but I think just asking the parties to meet and resolve it is not enough. There are several other stakeholders that must be brought on board. We have the Peace Council, security experts who all have to invited to the table to look at the phenomenon and what to do and how to deal with it. How are we going to delist the vigilantes who are embedded in the security service already? These are all questions that will bubble up and NDC and NPP on their own cannot resolve those issues,” he said.

“The structure he is suggesting won’t work. Just to tell NPP that invite your brothers NDC to come and sit and see how you can ban vigilantes is too simplistic. There should be a better structuring of this issue and there should be good faith….It will take other stakeholders like the Peace Council to disband this. NPP and NDC alone can’t dissolve it,” John Mahama told Accra based Radio Gold.

But in his address today (Sunday), the former president said the NDC as a party, would want a multi-stakeholder approach with the National Peace Council as a moderator during the talks as detailed in a letter the party has sent to the President.

The former President said the “NDC as a party will uphold the peace of this country.”

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