Resolution from militia talks won’t yield results – NDC

Resolution from militia talks won’t yield results – NDC

The General Secretary of the biggest opposition party has raised concerns about resolutions reached at the Peace Council-led political party militia talks. 

According to Mr  Johnson Asiedu Nketia, these concerns have the potential to bring the entire outcome of the six months dialogue to nought, or   “back to square one”  if they remain unattended to.

He pointed to the fact that the roadmap deduced from the talks has less than 10% deliverables which are directly linked to political parties.

“All the other have to be done by other stakeholders who did not participate in the process,” Mr. Nketiah said on JoyNews’ PM Express programme Tuesday

“So how come we are signing a document which binds other people whose perspective we did not take into account before drawing the roadmap,” he quizzed host, Evans Mensah.


Johnson Asiedu Nketah

Mr. Nketiah was reluctant to disclose whether the NDC would sign-on to the road map or not but he did recount that the party raised issues with dialogues even before the National Peace Council sat them and the governing NPP down.

The talks follow the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence.

President Nana Akufo-Addo in an attempt to stop the activities of political party militia groups once and for all directed the parties to dialogue on the ways to disband their respective groups and cease the illegality.

“If voluntary disbandment by the parties is not feasible, then I would initiate legislation on the matter,” the President said to thunderous applause in Parliament.

However, after feet dragging from both his NPP and the opposition NDC, the President changed his stance to whether the dialogues come on or not, he is going to Parliament with a bill.

The Vigilantism and other offences Act have since been passed, outlawing the militia groups and their activities.

But the Peace Council’s work is not entirely complete.

Asiedu Nketiah insists, their signing of the roadmap would not lead to anything since the majority of work to be done in the document is not by the dialoguing parties.

He is unsure that these bodies would feel bound by the resolution of the political parties.

According to him, an example is the government’s refusal to prosecute persons as recommended by the Emile Short Commission that it set up to investigate the fallouts from January 31 by-election.


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