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22-Mar-2019  
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The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has replied the ruling New Patriotic Party's letter inviting them to dialogue on the issue of disbanding vigilante groups linked to them.

The General Secretary of the NPP, Mr John Boadu in an invitation letter said the NPP invites the NDC to "a meeting to discuss the menace of political vigilantism, which has gained notoriety in the country and explore ways of permanently disbanding the various vigilante groups associated with Ghana’s two major political parties”.

“You’ll recall that since the president made this call, our National Chairman, Freddie Blay, has been engaging your good self in telephone conversations on the subject. We think that time is now ripe for the parties to hold this crucial meeting, which the whole nation has been looking forward to. We have also taken notice of your request to expand the scope of the engagement to include multiple stakeholders and wish to assure you that the NPP avails itself of this consideration at the meeting, which will afford the two parties the opportunity to agree on the various stakeholders to be invited to the subsequent engagements.

“The NPP proposes that this crucial meeting comes off during this week at a venue convenient to you and, so, we entreat you to, as soon as possible, get in touch with the party when you find a suitable venue for this meeting” the letter stated.

A letter signed by the General Secretary of the Party, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah expressed gratitude for the invite and the content of the letter.

According to the statement, "we have taken the liberty to request the National Peace Council (NPC) to kindly exercise its statutory mandate and assume the role of Mediator in the deliberations on the above subject".

Even though the NDC was given the liberty to choose their own venue, they have handed over that responsibility to the NPC.

"We hold ourselves ready to meet your goodselves at any venue and date the National Peace Council may propose" the NDC added.


Background

President Nana Akufo-Addo first proposed the meeting between the two parties when he presented his state of the nation address in February following the gun violence that marred the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election on Thursday, 31 January 2019.

The NDC, however, wrote to the president, through its National Chairman, Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, suggesting that the National Peace Council be made to be part of such a meeting as a neutral interlocutor along with other stakeholders.

The president responded to that letter insisting the two parties were capable of meeting at the table to deal with the problem themselves without involving outsiders.

The NDC replied the president in a second letter in which the party insisted on having neutral third parties such as the UN, AU, and ECOWAS at such a meeting to mediate the talks.

In his second reply to the NDC, the president said he had ordered his Attorney General to start drafting legislation toward outlawing party militarism without prejudice to any meeting the two parties may subsequently have over the same matter.
 
 
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