- The MP claims parliament is drawing private security guards from the NPP groups
- Clement Apaak says MPs will reject all attempts to impose private security on them
The NDC Member of Parliament for Builsa South constituency, Dr Clement Apaak has disclosed that attempts by parliament to recruit security guards for MPs from private firms will not be accepted, YEN.com.gh has gathered.
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According to the MP, parliamentarians will accept security personnel from only recognized state institutions.
Speaking in an interview with Starr FM, the Builsa South lawmaker disclosed that he suspected the security personnel would be recruited from the New Patriotic Party vigilante groups such as the Delta and Invisible Forces.
Dr Apaak in his interview, said he is particularly worried since the police service and the military are the only recognized state institutions mandated to provide security for legislators.
“Coming to hear by virtue of the fact that a number of security personnel who were not recognized police officers were in and around and about in parliament certainly raised a lot of eyebrows,” the MP said on Monday.
Dr Apaak disclosed that some of his colleague MPs have recognized some members of NPP vigilante groups as being part of the private security firms, therefore they have every right to sound an alarm.
“Quite clearly, I don’t think that the responsibility of providing security for parliament should be in the domain of private security, let alone an entity that is recruiting and deploying people that we know are affiliated with the ruling NPP,” he said.
Clement Apaak therefore vowed to join colleagues to reject every move by government to impose private security on them.
“Make no mistake, we take our security very seriously and we’ll defend our interest [and] we’ll reject any attempt to try and set entities on us, to spy on us and perhaps even to engage in other activities that will be detrimental to our well-being,” he added.
The private security personnel, according to the Starr FM report, have been engaged by Parliament and are undergoing training on weekends at both the Chamber and Job 600.
However, the acting Public Affairs Director of Parliament, Madam Kate Addo has denied knowledge of claims made by Dr. Apaak the recruits were drawn from vigilante forces affiliated to the NPP.
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