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Akufo-Addo instructs A-G to prepare, submit to Parliament specific legislation to deal with vigilantism

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
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President Akufo-Addo has instructed the Attorney General to prepare and submit to Parliament specific legislation to deal with vigilantism in the country.

Responding to the letter of the NDC dated March 11, President Akufo-Addo said: "since the constitutional responsibility of maintaining law and order in our country is that of the executive, i.e. the President of the Republic, I have, in line with the pronouncement to Parliament during the Message on the State of the Nation on 21st February, 2019, instructed the Attorney General, without prejudice to the outcome of the engagement, if any, between the NPP and NDC, to prepare and submit to Parliament, as soon as possible, specific legislation to deal with the phenomenon of vigilantism, and provide appropriate sanctions against its occurrence."

 The NDC in a second letter to the President asked for wider participation in the dialogue of vigilantism.

“Our position on participation is quite simple: a lasting solution to the crisis of political violence requires that we involve all stakeholders. This is generally accepted as good practice…the stakeholders in the struggle against political violence cannot reasonably be limited to the two largest political parties”.

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Addressing the issues raised in the second letter of the NDC, President Akufo-Addo believes the parliamentary process of enactment affords sufficient space for any citizen to make input or contribution to the enactment of a good and effective law whose implementation will enable us to rid our nation of politically-related violence.

Statement below: 

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