The general secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Asiedu Nketiah, has endorsed what he calls three vigilante groups in the party.
These groups - 'Hawks', 'Dragons' and 'Lions' - according to Asiedu Nketiah, are meant to counter the already existing vigilante groups from the ruling NPP.
The groups were on display across the country during the just-ended Regional Delegates’ Congress of the NDC.In the Ashanti Region, for instance, the group is called ‘The Hawks’ while in Brong Ahafo, they are called “The Dragons.
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The NDC had threatened to form their own vigilante group to counter that of the NPP for security reasons.
The creation of ‘The Hawks’, however, comes after a warning from the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), to both New Patriotic Party (NPP), the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and other political parties, to dissolve all vigilante groups within their respective parties.
The commission issued a statement that such a step would “avoid any further and future undemocratic activities from such groups.” Their charge to the political parties follows the tensions initiated by the NPP-affiliated Delta Force group in the Ashanti Region capital.
The fight against vigilante groups has been stronger in recent times. In fact, former IGP, John Kudalor, sent a stern warning to political parties that his outfit will not tolerate the formation of vigilante groups
Addressing the media at a dialogue with youth groups of political parties in Accra, the IGP said: “our personnel has been warned of the possible negative implication of taking a partisan position in the discharge of their duties”.
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