8:18, 14.Aug 2018
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has dissociated itself from a statement made by Mr Joseph Yammin that the party will not disband its militia groups.
Mr Yammin, a former deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, is reported to have said the “NDC will not disband The Hawks today, tomorrow or ever”, despite calls by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, civil society organisations, the clergy and Ghanaians in general, for party militias to be disbanded.
The NDC, in a statement signed by its General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia, said Mr Yammin’s comment does not represent the views and position of the party.
The statement said: “The National Democratic Congress has taken notice of several media publications attributed to a member of the party, Mr Joseph Yammin under the headline: “NDC WILL NOT DISBAND HAWKS TODAY, TOMORROW OR EVER.”
“The Functional Executive Committee of the NDC wishes to state unequivocally that the above statement does not, in any way, represent the views and/or position of the party. The party wishes to reiterate its unwavering commitment to the process of disbanding all political vigilante or party militia groups in the country.
“Our position on this issue is a matter of public record and has been extensively spelt out in recent correspondences from our National Chairman, Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo to the President of the Republic of Ghana. As a law-abiding and peace-loving party, we will continue to support and participate in any effort aimed at ending the culture of political violence.
“The party takes a strong view to this issue and has since invited Mr Joseph Yammin to clarify the said reportage.”