The National Peace Council (NPC) is developing mechanisms for an effective mediation process between the New Patriotic Party (NPP), National Democratic Congress (NDC) and other political parties on the disbandment of vigilante groups.
The Executive Secretary of the NPC, Mr George Amoh, said that, the council was currently developing the “terms of engagements” to guide the process.
He said the terms and every decision taken by the NPC would first be discussed with the parties for validation before the meeting could proceed.
The interview was to find out how the Peace Council was proceeding with requests by both the NPP and the NDC that it mediated in the process to disband vigilante groups
Delivering the State of the Nation Address last month at the Parliament House, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo called on the leadership of the NPP and NDC to come together and agree on the appropriate measures needed to salvage the nation from the phenomenon of vigilantism.
After the President’s call, the National Chairman of the NDC, Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, in a letter agreed with the President in principle and said the party would avail itself to an invitation by the President for that purpose.
In the letter, Mr Ofosu-Ampofo said due to mistrust and suspicion among political parties, a body such as the NPC would be appropriate to facilitate the process.
In a letter by the General Secretary of the NPP, Mr John Boadu to the NPC, he said the NPP initially wanted the NPP and NDC to first meet and agree on the modalities for these engagements before involving any other stakeholder as suggested by the NDC.
The NPC, therefore, wrote a letter to the NDC to inform them about the green light given by the NPP for the NPC to moderate in the engagements, saying “the chairman wants to assure you that the NPC would follow up with a schedule for the planned engagements in our earliest convenience”.
“We need to get the structures in place before we start the procedure and that is what we are doing now”, Mr Amoh said.