Dr. Eric Oduro Osae, a governance expert and legal practitioner has faulted president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for directing the leadership of the ruling New Patriotic Party to invite the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to discuss ways of disbanding vigilante groups in the country.
Dr. Osae seems to agree with assertions by the NDC that the Emile Short commission of Inquiry which is already hearing from witnesses will perhaps include some recommendations in its report on how to deal with the menace.
Speaking on Accra based Joy Fm’s flagship talkshow programme Newsfile Saturday March 2 2019, Dr. Osae opined that the issue of political party vigilantism is not limited to political parties alone.
‘’We have pastors in this country who have Macho Men following them, we have chiefs and land owners who use land guards and we have prominent people in this country who use them. So there is a whole market for vigilantism in this country that we need to deal with and so we need a national conversation on that matter’’ he averred.
In his opinion, the National Peace Council must lead such a national conversation, adding that other organizations mentioned by the NDC in their letter to president Akufo-Addo to be included in the discussions are not sustainable and should be left out.
‘’I am of the view that we should have a national conversation and that conversation must be started by the National Peace Council, they should start it. In fact all the institution that the NDC mentioned, on what basis should they be invited? UNDP, they are not sustainable, we have the sustainable National Peace Council, an institution that can help us’’ he added.