National Organizer of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sammy Awuku, has stated emphatically that the ‘De-Eye’ Group whose activities are known in public is not under the organizational structure of the ruling party.
An investigation conducted by journalist Manasseh Azure indicates that ‘De-Eye’ allegedly gives training to men and women and it’s headquartered at Osu Castle in Accra, which used to be the seat of government.
But reacting to the investigative piece of Manasseh Azure on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ Morning Show, Sammy Awuku insisted that even though ‘De-Eye’ Group is not registered under the NPP, individuals can form their groups and state their vision for creating the group.
“NPP as a political party when it comes to the organizational structure I cannot say emphatically that this is a registered group under the party, but rather what we can have is that a lot of people and individuals can form their groups and state their vision for creating the groups,” he explained.
He however debunked the notion peddled by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) that the Osu Castle where ”De-Eye Group carries its activities is at the seat of government, thereby a worrying trend which must be addressed as a nation.”
According to him the Osu Castle is no longer the seat of government.
“Now, the Christiansborg Castle is no longer the seat of government. Christiansborg Castle which we used to call it Osu Castle is under the Ghana Museum and Monument Board and it is no longer under the Office of the President Annex. The Office of the President Annex is at the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF),” he debunked.
He stressed that the Christiansborg Castle is a tourist site where people even visit there on daily basis; thus, “sometimes they rent the place for events and I will be surprise that where they are showing the Ayawaso West Wuogon Commission of Inquiry is the same place where this De-Eye group perceived to be militia are training over there”.
“Nonetheless, Manasseh Azure is a celebrated journalist and I have a lot of respect for him. In the past, he has done many wonderful works; I have not seen the full video but whatever it is in it, for us as a party and government, we will study what is in it. At least, we might not throw it away totally but study it and find out one or two things which we can work with in the future,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sammy Awuku feared that even though the heart of this whole video is the issue of vigilantism which is now the most topical issue, if care is not taken, “we will be attempted to book everything or every group in existence to be a militia group”.