The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) as part of conditions to take part in discussions with the ruling New Patriotic Party in efforts to disband vigilante groups as directed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, are calling for the inclusion of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) and the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) in the discussions.
They want these institutions to join the National Peace Council to facilitate the process.
Their demands were contained in a letter authored by the NDC National Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
In the estimation of the NDC, the meetings to discuss the matter is premature given the fact that the Emile Short Commission is yet to conclude its work and issue a report which will cover areas including the disbandment of vigilante groups in the country.
‘’Your Excellency has already set in motion a Commission of Inquiry into the incident that characterized the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election. My party’s understanding of the remit of the commission includes the possibility that it will set out a road map for the resolution of this phenomenon. If this assumption is correct, do we allow the commission to conclude with its report before we engage in our discussion on the same matter, or we proceed regardless of the recommendations of the Commission?’’ the letter read in part.
They also want the president and government to remove all persons they describe as illegal armed forces absorbed into and maintained in the National Security apparatus.
‘’ In view of these observations, therefore, may I humbly reiterate the issues set out in a statement my party February 22, 2019, in which we stated that:a. The government takes immediate steps to disband and disarm the illegal Armed Force being maintained by the National Security Council. b. That the government abandons its plans and rather instructs its agents in the regions to stop the state-sanctioned recruitment of political party thugs for the purpose of the 2020 general election’’ the party added.