- Former president Jerry John Rawlings has waded into the controversial military agreement between the Government of Ghana and the United States of America
- According to the former military leader, Ghanaians “may love Americans, but not to the extent of living with foreign troops on such a scale"
Former President Jerry Rawlings has joined majority of Ghanaians in kicking against the proposed “enhanced” military cooperation between Ghana and the USA.
In a tweet, the former president said he is opposed to the arrangements to provide space in Ghana for the operations of American military personnel.
According to Mr Rawlings, even though Ghanaians love Americans they are not prepared to live with their soldiers.
Cabinet has approved an agreement, giving unrestricted access to several Ghanaian facilities and wide-ranging tax exemptions to the United States Military.
The agreement, which was laid before Parliament Tuesday also states: “United States Contractors shall not be liable to pay tax or similar charge assess within Ghana in connection with this agreement.”
Many Ghanaians have condemned the move, saying such a military cooperation exposes Ghana to terrorism.
Meanwhile, the US Embassy in Ghana has debunked claims that, it is establishing a military base in Ghana. “The United States has not requested, nor does it plan to establish a military base or bases in Ghana,” it said in a statement.
The statement further said: “The current Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the United States of America and the Republic of Ghana, is approximately 20 years old. It does not cover the current range and volume of bilateral exercises and assistance.
This year, the United States of America is investing over $20million in training and equipment for the Ghanaian armed forces. Ghana is also once again preparing to train U.S Forces as it did in 2017.
The United States and Ghana are planning joint security exercises in 2018 which require access to Ghanaian bases by U.S participants and those from other nations when included. We refer all questions to the government of Ghana.”
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