The Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has agreed to a call by president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for them to meet their political opponents, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), over the disbanding of militia groups in the country.
In his state of the nation address, Nana Akufo-Addo entreated the two main political parties to meet and discuss ways of ending political vigilantism in the country.
“I want to make a sincere, passionate appeal to the leaders of the two main political parties in our country – NPP and NDC – to come together as soon as possible, preferably next week, to agree on appropriate measures to bring an end to this worrying and unacceptable phenomenon of vigilantism in our body politic.
“Mr Speaker, I’ve asked the leadership of the NPP to extend an invitation to the leadership of the NDC for such a meeting. The security services of the country will be on standby to assist such a meeting. If voluntary disbandment by the parties is not feasible, then I’ll initiate legislation in the matter,” Nana Akufo-Addo said.
Although some stalwarts within the NDC showed no interest in the meeting at the initial stages, that position has been softened with a statement by the Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo outlining some conditions for their participation in the dialogue.
He said the call for disbandment should be extended to all political parties, civil society organisations, representatives of the media, representatives of the military, police and other security agencies as well as any other relevant stakeholders.
The NDC has also proposed the National Peace Council to be the mediator in the meeting between the political parties.
Attached is the full statement: