President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has promised to initiate a legislation to disband all vigilante groups should political parties fail to disband these groups voluntarily.
In the view of the president, vigorous debate and the exchange of ideas should be the true basis of political dialogue and competition in our country, not the activities of vigilante groups.
Delivering his closing remarks at the presentation of the third State of the Nation Address, the president said ‘’the only way in our system to begin to deal with politically-related violence is through the work of a Commission of Inquiry. I hope the findings and recommendations of the Emile Short Commission will enable us chart a path to ending politically-related violence in our country.’’
He firmly said, ‘’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 grandchildren will not forget us if we were to compromise our peace and stability. I will not permit that to occur under my watch.’’
‘’I want to use the platform of this message to make a sincere, passionate appeal to 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.’’
‘‘The events last Monday, in Kumasi, where a meeting of the national and regional executives of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was broken up by acts of violence, leading to the tragic death of a citizen, have reinforced the urgent need for us to find that path.
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.’’
The president concluded by stating that, ‘’I could have sat it out, as some did, for Akwatia, Atiwa, Chereponi, Talensi and Amenfi West, but I decided that that would not be in the interest of Ghanaian democracy. The time has come to put an end to the phenomenon of politically-related violence.’’