General News of Saturday, 31 March 2018
The Member of Parliament for Tamale Central is demanding a debate with the Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul to expose what he says is a poor US Military agreement that has sold Ghana’s sovereignty.
Inusah Fuseini said the 2018 agreement entered into with the US would only turn Ghana into a satellite state.
Speaking on Joy FM’s news analysis programme Newsfile Saturday, the MP said he is convinced beyond every doubt the agreement will lead to the setting up of a military base in Ghana.
He said there are ample clauses in the 19-point agreement upon which he can make “reasonable inference” that the agreement as it is will lead to the creation of a US military base in Ghana.
Inusah Fuseini was quick to add that the NDC is not opposing a security agreement with the US government but will not accept the content of the 2018 agreement in the form it is in.
The agreement and its ratification have triggered a lot of controversy in the country with the Minority boycotting the ratification process.
But the boycott did not stop the Majority in Parliament from ratifying the document. There has since been a demonstration organised by a coalition of political forces kicking against the agreement.
Apart from the demonstration, the Minority in Parliament has taken advantage of every opportunity to resist the implementation of the agreement.
On Newsfile, Inusah Fuseini stated the NDC’s opposition to the agreement is founded on four main grounds.
According to him, the agreement is unconstitutional; it is legally flawed, ethically and morally impaired.
Quoting Article 75 of the constitution, the MP cum Legal practitioner said for a treaty or such an agreement to be ratified by Parliament it has to be signed by the executive.
“A treaty must be executed by the executive and later ratified by Parliament. This agreement has not been executed by the executive.”
For an agreement to be executed it must be signed by the executive before coming to Parliament for ratification.
Inusah Fuseini said there many phrases in the agreement which indicates the 2018 agreement has not be signed by the executive.
He quoted portions of the document which suggested the agreement before Parliament was a draft copy, something he said was illegal and unacceptable.
“The power to ratify by Parliament is invoked only when it is executed or signed by the executive,” he said.
According to Mr Fuseini, there are more than six clauses in the agreement which supports the view that by signing the agreement, there will be the establishment of a US military base in Ghana.
He mentioned Article 5 of the agreement which among other things calls for an “unimpeded access to and use of agreed facilities and areas to United State forces.”
He also cited the portions of the agreement which allow US military equipment to enter the country without any inspection.
Such an agreement he stated will compromise the country’s security and sovereignty, he stated.
No military base
But the Editor of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Malik Kweku Baako Jnr, who was also on the show disagreed.
He told host, Samson Lardy Anyenini, that if the agreement was to establish a US military base in Ghana he will vehemently oppose it.
He said what the agreement seeks to enhance is a “military presence” and not establish a military base.
“There has always been a US military presence in Ghana,” he stated, adding, the NDC members have since 2003 been citing a military base in Ghana which is non-existent.
While he agrees the 2018 military agreement signed with the US is not the same as those signed in 1998 and 2015 he was quick to add that there are significant similarities.
Shortly after the 2018 agreement was made public, Malik Baako said the Minority sought to suggest that issues relating to tax exemptions given to the US military, use of telecommunication gadgets and other conditions were new and exclusive to the 2018 agreement. But that is not true, he added.
Quoting portions of the 2015 agreement, Kweku Baako Jnr said the NDC cannot pretend to be outraged by the tax element when in 2015 tax exemptions were given to the US military in Ghana.
He also cited the logistics support supplies services including food water and communication and suggested that the communication referred to in the 2015 agreement was not Vodafone and MTN credit cards but the same use of radio spectrum in the 2018 agreement which the NDC now appears to have a problem with.
Malik Baako said he would not have a problem if the criticisms were coming from neutrals who had nothing to do with both agreements but for the NDC to be making such claims was unacceptable.
He was also worried that the NDC government signed an agreement of such nature in 2015 and never bothered to put it in the handing over notes to the NPP.