President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Gloria Akuffo to initiate steps towards the enactment of legislature that will end political party vigilantism in the country.
The president’s directive comes on the back of the back and forth between the two major political parties, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) with regards to meetings at the instance of the president to discuss ways of ending the menace of vigilantism in the country.
The caveat by the president was contained in a reply to a second letter written to him by the National Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo indicating the desire of the party to have international organizations help mediate in the quest to end vigilantism.
‘’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 of the State of the Nation on 21st 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’’, the letter read in part.
Read the president’s letter below.