Former Ashanti Regional Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC) Joseph Yamin has stated categorically that the ‘Hawks’ said to be a vigilante group affiliated to the party in the Ashanti Region cannot be disbanded.
According to him, the ‘Hawks’ is not a vigilante group contrary to the widely held public perception, adding that it is rather a breakaway group from the NDC Taskforce in Ashanti Region.
Vigilantism has become an albatross on the neck of the country with many Ghanaians expressing worry about the violence associated with it and called for its outright disbandment in the country.
The two main political parties, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) are culprits of forming vigilante groups, with the Ghana Police Service, estimating that each has five groups.
President Akufo Addo has initiated a move to have these vigilante groups disbanded and has asked the leadership of the NPP to extend an invitation to the leadership of the NDC for a meeting on vigilantism, noting that the security services of the country will be on standby to assist the meeting.
But Joseph Yamin in an interview with host Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa FM Tuesday stated that the ‘Hawks’ is a law-abiding group which has never engaged in criminal activities like other vigilante groups such as the Delta Forces and Invisible Forces have.
I’m not the founder of the ‘Hawks’ but I associate myself with them. How do we disband the ‘Hawks’ because they are not a vigilante group, as far as I’m concerned the ‘Hawks’ are just a breakaway faction from the NDC Taskforce. They broke away because of leadership crisis, to them the leadership of the Taskforce didn’t seek their welfare hence their breakaway. They are not the first to break away, from 2009, the NDC Taskforce in Ashanti Region has suffered several breakaways. So we had Taskforce one, Taskforce Two and Taskforce three, Baashaka group, and the latest addition is the ‘Hawks’.
Yamin added: Apart from the Kumasi shooting incident that was linked to an alleged member of the ‘Hawks’ what has the group done that threatens the peace of this country. Why is it that whenever there’s talk about disbanding vigilante groups, people are quick to mention the ‘Hawks’. On the contrary, the ‘Hawks’ has become popular for their good works. When you talk about Invisible Forces, Delta Forces you have something to talk about the crimes they’ve committed, but no such thing can be said about ‘Hawks’ or the NDC Taskforce. We don’t have vigilante groups in the NDC party.”