The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has written a surprise letter to the President in response to his directive to the two main political parties to meditate on breaking militias affiliated to them.
The letter, addressed to President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is coming at a time when the contents of a leaked audio threaten to further divide the NDC and the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
In the letter signed by NDC National Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, the main opposition party said they will avail themselves “of the opportunity whenever at the pleasure of Your Excellency and at a venue convenient for the purpose.”
The President had requested a meeting only between the two main parties – NPP and NDC.
But the NDC, in the letter, is proposing an expansion: the opposition party wants the discussions to include all political parties, civil society organizations, representatives of the media, representatives of the military, police and other security agencies, as well as any other relevant stakeholders.
The NDC also proposed the inclusion of a mediator and suggested that a representative from the National Peace Council be appointed for that task of moderating the dialogue between NDC and NPP on breaking up party-affiliated militias.
This is a crucial proposal especially considering the contents of the leaked recording on which a voice alleged to be that of the NDC Chairman is heard indorsing verbal attacks at the Chairman of the National Peace Council.
In the letter, the NDC further proposed the inclusion of institutions like the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to assist the National Peace Council.
The NDC, however, asked the government to take immediate steps to disband and disarm the illegal Armed Force being maintained by the National Security Council.
The opposition party also wants the government to abandon its plans and rather instruct its agents in the regions to stop the state-sanctioned recruitment of political party thugs for the purpose of the 2020 general election.
A favourable response by the President and the NPP will advance calls for an end of party militias and strengthen the Multimedia Group Limited’s #disbandpartymilitiasnow campaign.