• Tue. Sep 27th, 2022

Speaker Military redrawal: Bagbin’s office questions motive behind withdrawal of military protection.

The Office of the Speaker of Parliament has questioned the motive behind the withdrawal of five military persons assigned to offer protection to Alban Bagbin.

The effort was portrayed as an attempt to rob the Speaker of his immunity, which the office believes is unworkable.

The office said in a statement obtained by Citi News that the decision to withdraw the soldiers sets a dangerous precedent and is made much more concerning by the fact that the reason is unknown.

“In a country that takes pride in its democratic institutions and processes, the decision to reduce the number of security personnel assigned to the Speaker detracts from the political gains that Ghana has made, and is a bad precedent. The unknown reason for such a move is puzzling, but the real motive should be obvious to all objective observers of the political scene in Ghana.”

The Speaker’s office also stated that the development puts him in jeopardy.

“If it is an attempt to gag the Speaker, this move will serve to only widen the gap between the legislature and the other arms of government. It also hints at the possibility of a plot to place the safety and security of the Speaker in harm’s way.”

The five troops were assigned “without due protocol,” according to a letter from the Chief of Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, NP Andoh, to the Speaker last week.

Since Bagbin became Speaker in January 2021, the officers WO1 Jafaru Bunwura, WOII Apugiba Awine David, S/Sgt Agbley Prosper, and Sgt Bonney Prince have been serving in his office.

“It is humbly requested that the personnel are withdrawn with effect from 14 January 2022 while efforts are made to regularize their attachment,” the letter stated.

Read the Office of the Speaker of Parliament’s statement below:

RT. HON. SPEAKER, ALBAN S.K. BAGBIN, STRIPPED OFF SECURITY COVER

The office of the Rt. Hon. Speaker, Alban S.K. Bagbin, has taken note of the withdrawal of four military officers posted to assist in the protection of the Speaker. The attempt to strip the Speaker off security protection is untenable. In a country that takes pride in its democratic institutions and processes, the decision to reduce the number of security personnel assigned to the Speaker detracts from the political gains that Ghana has made, and is a bad precedent.

The unknown reason for such a move is puzzling, but the real motive should be obvious to all objective observers of the political scene in Ghana. If it is an attempt to gag the Speaker, this move will serve to only widen the gap between the legislature and the other arms of government. It also hints at the possibility of a plot to place the safety and security of the Speaker in harm’s way.

The citizens of this country yearned for an effective separation of powers as well as check and balance, and voted to have a hung Parliament. They are looking for a lot more consultation, consensus building and dialogue. This move contrasts with that and certainly is a bad precedent.

In decisions such as these, we must ensure that we are guided by the overall interest of this country and the sustenance of our democracy and its institutions.

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