Former President John Mahama has accused government of training vigilantes to distabilise the 2020 polls.
According to him, the National Democratic Congress ( NDC) has evidence that some individuals have been trained at Asutuare for the purpose of the polls.
“I remember at the time of Ayawaso West Wuogon, there was a letter that came out asking party executives to bring able-bodied people to be trained as security.
“Since then, we have evidence that those people have been to Asutuare and trained in batches over and over again in all kinds of combat techniques and other things,” Mahama told executives of the Ghana Journalists Association who had gone to pay a courtesy call on him.
He also condemned the government white paper on the Ayawaso violence report.
“To believe that Government can say an MP deserves to be slapped because he provoked a security officer is unconscionable. I don’t know by what moral code this judgement is being made but it creates a very bad precedent for us. It means that… anybody can be brutalized by a security officer if he believes that you have provoked him… not even an MP is immune to brutality,” President Mahama lamented.
Mr. Mahama argued that the actions of government provides a sinister premonition of future attacks by government-trained thugs targeted at government’s political opponents. He said there was evidence that government is training ‘able-bodied’ civilians at a government military training facility.