Ghana’s former President, John Dramani Mahama has condemned the activities of vigilante groups associated with the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Speaking at a meeting with former appointees who served under the previous NDC administration, the former President said he was surprised over what he calls the failure of the president, Nana Akufo-Addo to deal with members of such groups who are causing mayhem.
“If you cannot look for vehicles in a more civilised manner than having troops going into people’s houses, breaking down their gates and say you are looking for vehicles, you cannot go to DVLA and look through the database and find out what government vehicles are available then what kind of efficiency do we have in government? Just this morning I heard Agyekum’s House was raided… And they[NPP] will always come back and apologize because those are not vehicles that belong to the state.
“…Government is saying they cannot look for an efficient manner of looking for vehicles than forming storm troops to raid people’s house and I think that it is wrong. I am going to have the opportunity to tell Nana Addo that they should stop this… This cannot continue, this thuggery is not good for our country and the point is we thought we had a good transition …This [incident] serves as examples that make it difficult in future when there is another transition for another government to restrain party supporters. All the thuggery removing people from office, beating people is unfortunate. We must say it in the strongest terms and if they heed it fine, if they don’t , it is a learning process for our whole country,” he said.
The former president had earlier urged the security agencies to arrest members of such vigilante groups who he claims were attacking supporters of the National Democratic Congress after the 2016 elections.