Former Deputy General Secretary of National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho, is warning the two main political parties they risk losing relevance in the political space if they fail to disband their militias.
He argues that Ghanaians are gradually getting tired of the opposition NDC and governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) over their failure to deal decisively with politically related violence.
“I think I must hear a commitment from all of us that we will not just pay lip service to the fight against vigilantism. And once we agree and there is a communique at the end of the meeting with the National Peace Council and the political parties signing, that’s the documents the media can flag in our faces when we go against it,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo over the weekend reinforced his resolve to institute a law against the formation of private militia otherwise known as vigilante groups by political parties in the country.
The President told the Ghanaian community in Worcester Massachusets that, he was determined to ensure the law is passed, despite a planned meeting between the leadership of the two parties over the issue. He described the issue of vigilantism as a “worrying phenomenon,” stressing the need to nip it in the bud.
The two parties last week agreed to a meeting over the issue following a directive from the President in his State of the Nation Address for them to end the menace of party militias ahead of 2020 elections.
He said if that failed he would initiate legislation on the matter.
The leadership of the two parties haggled for weeks and eventually agreed to have the National Peace Council to mediate the meeting.
President Akufo-Addo has, however, gone ahead to instruct the Attorney-General to draft a bill to tackle the menace.
In agreement to calls to nip the issue in the bud, Mr Anyidoho said, “We [political parties] need to save this country.”
“If we are not careful as politicians we face extinction, we are becoming an endangered species. When you hear talks on the ground and people are getting sick and tired of NDC and NPP, we are facing extinction,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Peace Council is expected to announce a date to hold its first meeting with the two main parties on the matter so they agree on the terms of engagement.