Mahama ‘begged’ US government for military base in Ghana – Report

Mahama ‘begged’ US government for military base in Ghana – Report

- A Daily Guide report states Mahama was first President to have requested US government for a military base

- The report added that majority of NDC members affirmed the agreement in 2015 but are kicking against now

It is now emerging that Former President John Dramani Mahama was the first Ghanaian President to have requested the United States government to allow US military to conduct ‘counter-terrorism crisis response exercises in Ghana.

According to a report, a leaked diplomatic notes have confirmed that the request was first put in by President Mahama as far back as October 2013.

Mahama ‘begged’ US government for military base – Report

Mahama exchanging pleasantries with former US Ambassador, Gene Cretz

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But some members of the erstwhile Mahama administration appear to have turned against the military agreement, now that the US Marines are ready for the exercise with the Ghana Armed Forces.

The report states although the said request was made by the then Mahama administration, members of the NDC government affirmed the Military Cooperation Agreement without any hesitation.

The report indicates that some top leaders of the NDC government who allegedly spearheaded the initiative, are currently kicking against the Akufo-Addo-led government for taking steps to enhance terms of the agreement, including the establishment of a strong US military presence in Ghana.

This the report added, smacks hypocrisy on the side of the National Democratic Congress members by switching into their usual propaganda mode and making frantic efforts to incite the Ghanaian public against the NPP government, and the American government.

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The report further exposed that John Mahama’s request for ‘counter-terrorism planning training assistance’ had been put before the then US Ambassador to Ghana, Gene Allan Cretz in 2015.

However, the two countries started a follow up on the request by Former President Mahama which developed into a ‘Crisis Management Exercise’ hosted by Ghana’s National Security Coordinator in August 2015.

According to a Daily Guide report, the leaked document exposed that the US-Africa Command, as a result proposed “counter-terrorism exercise in Ghana” which was scheduled to take off from April 26 to May 6, 2016, though it is unclear if that was ever conducted.

It could be recalled that some members of the opposition NDC on last Wednesday, poured onto the streets in a mammoth demonstration against the military cooperation agreement.

The NDC members argued that the NPP government was mortgaging Ghana’s future for $20 million to the Americans through the military agreement.

Although organizers of the demonstration told the media the protest was led by coalition of opposition political parties in Ghana, it is said majority of the participants were top leaders of the NDC.

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