Former President, John Dramani Mahama, has declared his unflinching support for the newly-formed vigilante group by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The NDC in the Eastern Region has formed a new vigilante group- ‘Eastern Mambas’- as the country prepares for a major election in 2020.
Speaking to Today yesterday from Afram Plains, Eastern Regional Organiser of the NDC, Hackman Kabore, said the aim of “Eastern Mambas” is not to foment trouble but to protect ballot boxes in the region during the election 2020.
He pointed out that the new vigilante group has the blessing and support of the former Ghanaian leader, Mr Dramani Mahama.
According to him, since the 2020 poll would go in favour of the NDC, it was prudent for the party to ensure fairness and transparency before, during and after the election, hence the formation of the ‘Eastern Mambas’.
“The aim of this pressure group is to protect the party ballot boxes in the region in the upcoming 2020 general election in the country,” he said.
According to Kabore, recent happenings during the just ended referendum for new regions was a clear indication that the Electoral Commission (EC) will not be a fair arbiter during the general election next year.
Over 40 well-built men have been trained by the party to provide security for every constituency in the region.
This comes after the opposition party last year endorsed another vigilante group called The Hawks, which first emerged during the NDC’s unity walk in the Ashanti Region.
The activities of vigilante groups have been a matter of national concern with a wide section of the public and several civil society organisations calling on the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition NDC to disband all vigilante groups affiliated to their parties.
Vigilante groups affiliated to the NPP – Delta Forces and Invisible Forces – have on several occasions attacked state institutions to demand that some CEOs and heads of those institutions are sacked and replaced by party members.
Story: Atta KWAKU BOADI
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