- Veteran journalist Kweku Baako has stated that Mahama administration signed an agreement with the US for the use of Ghana for its military operations
- Mr Baako disclosed that the agreement signed in 2015 was similar to the 2018 deal which has caused so much public debate
- The veteran journalist who made the revelation on Joy News' Newsfile expressed surprise at the posturing of members of the Mahama government
Former President John Mahama gave approval for Ghana to be used as base for a US military operation that will protect “US citizens and facilities in the sub-region”, Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Abdul-Malik Kweku Baako has stated.
According to him, he has intercepted a letter suggesting such an agreement between Ghana and the US.
The letter, dated February 12, 2015 and signed by Hannah Nyarko for the Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Minister, is reported to have made copious references to the agreement reached between former President Mahama nd the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Miss Bisa Williams at the Flagstaff House on 4 September 2014.
Based on that agreement, the US government wrote a diplomatic note dated February 5, 2015, a copy of which was attached to the February 12 letter, in which the US government sought approval from their Ghanaian counterparts to use “Ghana’s territory and airspace” for the operation.
“The operations involved the deployment of 200 US marine forces, Africa personnel, 4 MV 22 Osprey and 2 C130 Hercules aircraft. The deployment was scheduled to begin on 10 February 2015 and last for approximately 5 weeks if approved,”
Apart from that, the diplomatic note by the US also requested for “clearance for US aircraft to conduct overflights within Ghana’s airspace for the duration of the mission. Permission for the six US aircraft to operate from and be staged on the airforce rump and for the deploying forces to leave and operate out of the US expeditionary reception facility located at the Air force base at the Burma Camp.”
Mr Baako made these revelations on Newsfile Saturday while contributing discussions on thecontroversial 2018 Ghana-US military agreement.
The 2018 agreement, which has caused public disaffection for government has been ratified by Parliament amid a Minority boycott.
The Minority and a section of the general public are protesting against the latest agreement which literally gives unimpeded access to US forces to Ghana's airspace and other facilities without any supervision or interference. All the unhindered access and many more are being granted for $20 million.
Already there has been one demonstration against the agreement with former President Mahama himself throwing his weight behind it.
But speaking on Newsfile, Kweku Baako said he has no problem if ordinary Ghanaians some of whom may not have the benefit of the full information kick against the agreement.
he is scandalized by the position taken by the Minority especially when it signed similar agreements with the US in government.
Apart from the 5 week US military operation, the then Foreign Minister Hannah Tetteh also signed a separate agreement with the US government in April 2015 which formed the basis of the enhanced military cooperation agreement in 2018.
Citing portions of the 2015 agreement, the newspaper editor suggested the former government officials are only being hypocritical.
He argued the same facilities the US marines used while in Ghana in 2015 are the same facilities they will use in 2018.
“Ammunition base operation support and construction incident to base operation support. What does that mean? It is not a military base but there are bases in Ghana that they use. Storage services, facilities. We gave them facilities in 2015. Were they US ghosts in those facilities in 2015?" he retorted.
Kweku Baako called for fairness in the discussion of an issue he said could have repercussion on Ghana’s international relations.
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