General News of Thu, 17 May 20181
Ban all vigilante groups - Dr Kwabena Donkor
Ranking Member of Parliament's Employment Committee, Dr Kwabena Donkor, has charged the leadership of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to ban all vigilante groups linked to it.
“At the national level, we should ban these groups,” he said on Wednesday 16 May 2018.
The Pru East MP expressed worry about the level of insecurity in the country, saying: “If the party forming the government today had taken the appropriate steps when these Invincible Forces and Delta Forces emerged, there would not have been any need for other groups to also emerge, and that is why I don’t want this to be handled just as a partisan activity”.
The former Minister of Power expressed his displeasure with the emergence of a new vigilante group known as The Hawks which is purported to be linked to the NDC.
Dr Donkor said although the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has denied knowledge of any such group in the party, an individual of the party has owned up to organising The Hawks to execute a job.
“At the next National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, I will raise the issue that it is not enough to dissociate ourselves from The Hawks but we should go further and that the party must take a firm stand, and if possible, call into question the membership of whoever is supporting such groups,” he noted.
Dr Donkor further charged the country's security agencies to comprehensively deal with activities of vigilante groups.