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Military Base Agreement Under Scrutiny

The Ghana USA military base has spark so much controversy in the country . With the country’s largest opposition group protesting against the motion ,many Ghanaians are filled with dozens of questions that need answers urgently. The deputy general secretary of opposition party the NDC was picked up yesterday by the CID following treasonable remarks according to the CID made by Mr. Koku Anyidoho. However in-depth clarification on the agreement has been challenged by rampant misinformation that continued to circulate regarding the agreement, regardless of the numerous in-depth explanations given by the government.
In a statement signed by the Minister of Information, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, last Thursday and issued by the government made clear assertions that the DCA was the legal framework that would govern the ongoing security cooperation between Ghana and the US.
“The DCA does not give the US military unfettered access into Ghana. Instead, the DCA addresses the rights and responsibilities of both nations when the US military is present in Ghana, with permission from the government of Ghana, and for purposes that the government of Ghana decides are appropriate,” it said.
The statement
It further stated that the principle of reciprocity between the two nations applied to provisions such as immunity and shipments.
However, it said the US and Ghana had been conducting bilateral and multilateral training activities in Ghana for more than 20 years and the establishment of the expanded legal framework between both countries could facilitate their collaboration on regional and global issues
“The US has a significant number of DCAs with countries around the world, including European, Asian and African partners,”
When asked by a local newspaper to provide further clarification, Dr Abdul-Hamid debunked allegations that the agreement was founded on the monetary benefits involved.
He explained that the US had been supporting Ghana financially long before the defence agreement was proposed.
He underscored the need to recognise the fact that the DCA was not signed in exchange for money.
The main opposition party however are against the issue. According to General secretary of the party, Johnson Aseidu Nketiah, they will continue to demonstrate until the government adheres to the grievances of the many Ghanaians who do not agree to the agreement.

 

Article by:

Hephie Armah

GAJ Ghana reporter

Koku Anyidoho- NDC

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