General News of Friday, 23 March 2018
Pressure group, Economic Freedom Fighters, says it is mobilizing people to Parliament today as the house begins debate on the controversial military pact between Ghana and the United States.
The group is demanding a withdrawal of the agreement by government despite assurances by Defense minister Dominic Nitiwul.
Speaking to Starr News, leader of the Group Ernesto Yeboah said they will explore all means to ensure that Parliament does not pass the agreement.
“It’s a call to national duty that all of us make ourselves available to remind our members of parliament and indeed our political leadership that power belongs to us. When the Burkinabe people found that their members of Parliament had become insolent and were taking them for granted, they simply converged and burnt down parliament.
“We are simply converging at Parliament to send a message to our parliamentarians that the power they wield in terms of representing us actually comes from us. We are not converging to burn down parliament. Of course if we are pushed into the wall under certain circumstances, certain drastic actions could be taken,” he warned.
The Government of Ghana, according to a leaked document, has approved the agreement with the US to set up a military base in Ghana and also allow unrestricted access to a host of facilities and wide-ranging tax exemptions to the United States Military—a claim the government of Ghana and the US denied.