Two of Ghana’s leading political parties have welcomed the decision by the Inspector General of Police John Kudalor to disband political party vigilante groups.
The representatives of the governing National Democratic Congress and opposition New Patriotic Party are however looking forward to a thorough stakeholder engagement before that threat is carried out.
In an interview on Joy Fm’s Super Morning Show with Kojo Yankson, Wednesday, the IGP John Kudalor minced no words in his promise to end the reign of terror some of the vigilante groups have inflicted on Ghanaians.
The Azorka Boys linked to the governing NDC, the invincible forces and Bolga Bulldogs linked to the opposition NPP are vigilante groups reputed for their terror and violence especially during elections.
The heavily armed groups are sometimes recruited by the political parties to protect the ballots during elections and they rain terror on innocent voters.
The IGP John Kudalor said the activities of the vigilante groups will not be countenanced in this year’s election.
National Organiser of the NPP John Boadu said the police must also try to find out the difficulties the political parties face in terms of security.
He said some of groups, who are unarmed, only provide internal security for the party.
John Boadu said for the police to make any impact they must first be able to deal with matters of infractions of the law.
He did not understand how the Headquarters of the NPP will be invaded by unknown assailants, and yet the police will not be able to unravel the mystery behind that invasion.
“If the police deal with infractions of laws irrespective of who is involved that will reduce political lawlessness,” he said.
A deputy General Secretary of the NDC Koku Anyidoho said there is a difference between political vigilante groups and groups that provide internal security for the party during elections.
He said if the police can identify the vigilante groups and arrest them the party will applaud them.