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Fight against vigilantism: Date and venue set for NPP, NDC dialogue

By Mutala Yakubu
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Fight against vigilantism: Date and venue set for NPP, NDC dialogue
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The National Peace Council has finally set April 9, 2019, as the date for NDC and NPP to meet to dialogue over the disbandment of political vigilantism.

Both parties have dragged this meeting for a long time and that looks to be coming to an end as the Peace Council has now set a date for the meeting.

The Peace Council says the meeting will begin at 10: am at the Central Hotel near the British High Commission in Accra.

In a letter signed by the Reverend Emmanuel Asante, Chairman of the Peace Council to the National Democratic Congress, it said the meeting will focus on,

1. terms of engagements

2. ground rules

It also added that each party is expected to bring not more than seven representatives.

NDC, NPP agree for Peace Council to mediate dialogue

The New Patriotic Party have written to the Peace Council agreeing to opposition NDC’s call to allow the Council to mediate the process in the fight against vigilantism.

 The NDC earlier proposed that the Peace Council mediate the process to ensure the two parties come to a consensus to disband vigilantism.

Though the NPP expressed unhappiness over the NDC’s refusal to set a date and venue for the meeting last week, the party, however, stated its willingness to make the necessary compromise to help find a lasting solution to party militias.

The NPP in a letter to the Council signed by their General Secretary John Boadu on Monday, March 25, 2019, they said they had taken notice of NDC’s request for a broader stakeholder engagement including the possibility of having a mediator.

 “Whilst the NPP has absolutely no difficulty with their request, we are unsure, firstly, about the nature of the mediation, the extent of the stakeholder engagements, and which stakeholders should be invited, especially because they (the NDC) also suggested that some international organization including the ECOWAS and AU be involved,” the party said.