President Akufo-Addo says he has instructed the Attorney General to submit a legislation before Parliament to deal with the phenomenon of political vigilantism.
According to him, the legislation is aimed at forcing political parties to disband all of their vigilante groups across the country.
The President had earlier warned during his State of the Nation address that he would be forced to enact a legislation if the NPP and NDC do not meet to find a solution to the emerging spate of militia groups.
However, in a latest statement, he said he has the constituently responsibility to enact a legislation which provides the necessary sanctions against the occurrence of party vigilantism.
The letter was in direct response to an open letter written to him by the Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo.
“Since the constitutional responsibility of maintaining law and order in out country is that of the Executive, as the President of the Republic, I have in line with my pronouncement to Parliament during the Message of the State of the Nation on 21st February, 2019 instructed the Attorney General, without prejudice to the outcome of the engagement, in any, between the NPP and the NDC to prepare and submit to Parliament , as soon as possible, specific legislation to deal with the phenomenon of vigilantism, and provide appropriate sanctions against its occurrence,” the statement reads.
“I believe that the parliamentary process of enactment affords sufficient space for any citizen to make an input or contribution to the enactment of a good and effective law, whose implementation will enable us rid our nation of politically-related violence, a development that can only inure to the benefit of Ghanaian democracy and to the preservation of law and order,” Nana Addo added.
This comes after the NDC suggested it will take more than just a meeting between the party and the NPP for the issue of political vigilantism to be solved.
The opposition party wanted third-parties, made up of Civil Society Organisations, to be included in the dialogue, but that proposal was rejected by the President.