Former president John Dramani Mahama has said
that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s administration “has produced
enough paint to paint the whole nation black,”
Mr Mahama’s comment comes on the heels of an
exposé by investigative journalist Manasseh Azuri Awuni on how the Osu Castle,
a former seat of government, has become a training ground for a pro-government
militia group called De-Eye.
Four ministers of state at the Office of the
President currently have their offices at the castle. They are Minister of
state in charge Inner-city and Zongo Development, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid;
Minister of State in charge of Special Development Initiatives, Hawa Koomson;
the Minister of State in Charge of Planning, Professor Gyan Barfour; as well as
the Minister of State at the Office of the President, Rockson Bukari.
The Commission of Inquiry into the Ayawaso
West Wuogon by-election violence also holds its sittings at the castle.
According to the exposé, the same venue is
where, De-Eye militia group has been operating since the New Patriotic Party
won power in the December 2016 elections.
Mr Mahama, reacting to the exposé, in a tweet
said: “Watched a harrowing exposé of how the Osu Castle, until 2013, the office
of the President, now used as an Annex, has become the HQ & training camp
of a private militia wing of the NPP & @NAkufoAddo. Clearly, this admin has
produced enough paint to paint the whole nation black.”
Meanwhile, Nana Akufo-Addo has called on the NPP
and the NDC to meet to disband militia groups affiliated to both parties.
The president said if the two parties do not
voluntarily disband their militia groups, he will disband them himself through
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