Short Commission’s Kofi Abotsi says political parties have militias and not vigilante groups

Short Commission’s Kofi Abotsi says political parties have militias and not vigilante groups

The secretary to the Emile Short Commission that investigated the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence, Kofi Abotsi, has argued that political parties in Ghana do not have vigilante groups.

According to a report by 3news.com, he explained that the security apparatus of parties could be best described as militias.

In an interview on Joy News TV, he added that after listening to the evidence presented before the Commission, the consensus reached was that such groups are militias.

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Ernest Kofi Abotsi Source: GIMPA
Source: UGC

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Abotsi further noted that regular vigilante groups usually sit on the side-lines to observe, and only come in when there is a failure on the part of state security to protect their interests, which is a direct opposite of what currently persists.

He went ahead to say, “the vigilante groups fundamentally are complementary in character but these groups oppose; therefore, that fundamental feature of vigilantism in that respect, I think these groups fail.”

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