President’s unending resolve to eliminate militia lauded

Private legal practitioner, Yaw Oppong has welcomed the presentation of a bill outlining how the government intends to deal with political party vigilantism.

He said the move confirmed the president’s unending resolve to eliminate such groups from the political space.

Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Gloria Akuffo on Thursday laid in Parliament the Bill which is aimed at addressing violence should the two main political parties, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) fail to resolve it through dialogue.

 Mr Oppong maintained that the laying of the bill in Parliament was a step in the right direction saying, “If we say this is the final solution, that word final itself is very important because it means that there have been other steps taken including the commission of inquiry that was set up.

“I believe the president has received the report and authorised the Attorney General to present the bill which means that whatever is contained in that report, in the view of the president may be a way to supplement the law or be a springboard for a law to be enacted instead of a convention or mere recommendation, this is a step in the right direction,” he stressed.

The two major political parties, the NDC and the NPP on the first day of the dialogue to end political vigilantism which was mediated by the National Peace Council, emphasised the need to stop the activities of political vigilante groups in the country.

They, among other things, also agreed to stop the ownership, hiring and the utilisation of vigilante groups.


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