The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) are expected to go the discussion table on Monday, April 29, 2019, to continue talks on disbanding political vigilantism in the country.
The meeting will be the second in three weeks with the first one held on April 9, 2019.
This follows an invitation extended to the two political parties by the National Peace Council, the body agreed by the parties to mediate the vigilante talks.
The much-expected meeting, according to the invite will take place at the Peduase Valley Resort at 9:00 am.
At the first meeting, both parties consented to the disbandment of party-affiliated vigilante groups within or associated with their parties.
A communique issued by the Peace Council after the first round of the dialogue said that the two parties agree that militia groups are inimical to the growth of the country’s democratic system.
“The National Peace Council met with key members of the two main political parties in Ghana, namely the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in response to a call by the President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his state of the nation address to eradicate political vigilantism.
“After an open and exhaustive deliberation, the parties agreed that vigilantism is inimical to Ghana’s democratic system and must be eradicated.
“With respect to the immediate focus of the mediation or dialogue, the NDC is of the view that it should be the eradication of ‘political vigilantism in all its ramifications’ while the NPP is of the opinion that the focus should be ‘political party vigilantism in all its ramifications’. the communique read in part.
It added: “Significantly though, both parties agree to engage in deliberations aimed at:
1. disbanding vigilante groups operating within political parties or for political purposes
2. Prohibiting the ownership, hiring, or utilisation of such groups by the political parties or members thereof
3. Cooperating with state agencies and stakeholders in the total eradication of such groups or incidents of vigilantism in the country
“It should be noted that the two parties are also committed to exploring other processes in relation to the elimination of vigilantism”.
The two Chairmen of the NDC and NPP, respectively, Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo and Mr Freddie Blay, signed on behalf of their parties.
A bill known as the Vigilantism and Related Offences Bill, 2019, is currently before Parliament and aiming at disbanding political party vigilantism in the country.