Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram in the Greater Accra region, Samuel Nartey-George has denied the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has any militia army popularly known as “Vigilante Groups” casuing violence especially during elections in Ghana.
The lawmaker who took his turn yesterday [Monday] at the Justice Emile Short Commission of Inquiry to testify on the violence that characterised the Aysesso West Wuogun by-election said the Azorka Boys and the Hawks does were not formed and funded by the party.
According to him, these groups and others believed to be pro-NDC militant groups are soley the creation of individuals within the party no way affiliated with the umbrella fraternity.
The legislator was giving his account to the commission according to a report by Accra based Citi FM said,
“What I know for a fact and can state without equivocation is that the party I belong to the National Democratic Congress does not have any vigilante group. The two groups I told you I was familiar with; Azorka boys and Hawks are groups that hold allegiance to individuals. I will not refer to them as vigilante groups but community-based organizations. So, let me state for the record that the NDC has no vigilante group.”
The MP was among persons physically assaulted by masked armed man alleged to be members of pro-NPP vigilante group widely known as the invincible forces.
Mr. Sam George in his testimony balmed the menace of “vigilantism” squarely on the country’s poor land tenure system which compelled some unemployed young men to venture into the “landguard” business.
In his view, political vigilantism could be cured if the poor land tenure system in Ghana is fixed.