Mahama throws weight behind demo against US military base deal

Mahama throws weight behind demo against US military base deal

- John Mahama has endorsed the demonstration against the Ghana-US military agreement

- The demonstration is to impress upon President Akufo-Addo not to sign the agreement into law

Former President John Mahama has thrown his support behind the demonstration against the Ghana-US military agreement.

"I join in declaring #GhanaFirst as my compatriots and other democratic forces converge to demonstrate their opposition to the Ghana/US military agreement," he wrote on Facebook.

Mahama throws weight behind demo against US military base deal

Former President John Mahama

Hundreds of Ghanaians have hit the streets to protest against the controversial agreement which has been described as a slap in the face of Ghana's sovereignty.

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The agreement, commonly referred to as the US military base deal, is expected to give some space around the Kotoka International Airport as a camp for some US military forces in Ghana while exempting the US government from paying taxes on equipment that is brought to Ghana.

Also, the US troops will be given the chance to set their own telecommunication system, although they will be allowed to use Ghana’s radio spectrum free of charge.

All of these, among many other things, will be given to the US in exchange for $20 million of training for the Ghana Armed Forces.

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Though the agreement irked a section of Ghanaians who called for its termination, Parliament went ahead to ratify it last week and it is awaiting President Nana Akufo-Addo to assent to it.

Those who are against Parliament's decision have come together to for the Ghana First Patriotic Front (GFPF).

Wednesday's demonstration is to impress upon President Akufo-Addo not to sign the agreement into law.

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