General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, has said the directive by the president to the Attorney-General, to formulate a law to disband vigilantism is apt.
The president has a duty to protect Ghanaians, prevent lawlessness and as a man responsible for ensuring law and order, it was in the right direction for him to ask the A-G to formulate such a law, he said.
He told Kwabena Agyapong the directive does not prevent the two major political parties i.e the NDC and NPP from meeting as proposed by the president.
John Boadu reiterated that the NPP as a party does not endorse lawlessness and impunity.
To him, vigilantism and lawlessness will not be entertained by the president and as committed as he was, he has directed that, a law be formulated to help address the issue.
‘’The law on vigilantism will help. It forms part of the solutions to deal with activities of political vigilante groups. Nana Addo is the president and not withstanding our [NDC AND NPP] meeting, he has a responsibility to ensure law and order and keeping the peace of our country…If the political parties should agree and find ways to stop engaging such persons, it will help.
He said, the NPP was still willing to engage with the NDC as proposed by the president.
Directive By Prez
The President HE Nana Akufo-Addo has in fulfillment to his promise to introduce new legislation to deal with political party vigilantism, ordered the Attorney-General to draft a bill “as soon as possible”.
The directive was contained in a reply to the second letter from the NDC’s Chairman, Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, over the party’s reservation to the approach in dealing with the menace of party vigilantism as suggested by the President.
The letter read: ‘’ This is to acknowledge receipt of your most recent letter, dated 11`” March, 2019, and thank you for its contents. My response to it is in two parts.
Firstly, I note that you have, quite properly, given a copy of it to the Chairperson of the New Patriotic Party, Mr. Freddie Blay. I have asked him to respond to its contents, since he is the rightful person to speak directly for the New Patriotic Party, and I expect that he will do so promptly.
Secondly, since the constitutional responsibility of maintaining law and order in our country is that of the Executive, i.e. the President of the Republic, I have, in line with my pronouncement to Parliament during the message on the State of the Nation on 21′ 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 can only inure to the benefit of Ghanaian democracy and to the preservation of law and order.
Once again, I thank you for the expression of your commitment to ending the vigilante phenomenon in Ghana.’’