Vigilante Bill not solution to menace – Amaliba

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Lawyer Abraham Amaliba, Head of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) legal team says the Vigilante Bill  currently before Parliament is not  the solution to the menace.

The Attorney-General, Gloria Akuffo last Thursday presented a bill before Parliament to eradicate political vigilantism in Ghana.

The Attorney-General pleaded with the law makers to consider the bill under “a certificate of urgency”.

President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo hinted a ‘voluntary disbandment’ deliberation on vigilante groups between the two major political parties, NPP and NDC while addressing the general public at the State of the Nation Address in Parliament in February.

But speaking to Ekourba Gyasi on Atinka AM Dive,  Abraham Amaliba,  asked if the Bill laid before parliament addresses the issue of vigilantes  who have already been recruited into the National Security.

Lawyer Abraham hinted that a portion of the Emile Short commission’s on the vigilante report suggested a disbandment of the SWAT Team, which should be critically examined.

“If this Vigilante bill does not deal with issue of vigilante forces in the SWAT team, and the vigilante groups who have already been recruited into the security system then I’m sorry. We need an enforcement of the existing laws and not a new bill”, he added.

Succeeding the directive from the President, the two leading political parties in Ghana, New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) met last Tuesday to sign a memorandum of understanding to disband these vigilante groups.

Ghana | | Vivian Adu Boatemaa