The Member of Parliament (MP) for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak, has called on the government of Ghana to respond in kind to the visa restrictions imposed on Ghanaian nationals by the United States government.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) lawmaker described the move by the United States government as 'bullying'.
In a report initially carried by Classfmonline.com, Mubarak complained: “We are a sovereign nation, you can’t just expect us to deport 7,000 people who are claiming to be Ghanaians without thoroughly screening and vetting them."
This comes against the backdrop that the US government is displeased by what it feels is Ghana's lack of cooperation in deporting 7,000 people whom the US believes are Ghanaians.
The Americans have placed restrictions on traveling lawmakers and members of the executive, as well as holders of diplomatic passports.
Mubarak added: “I’m looking forward to seeing the government of Ghana respond in equal measure.
We are equal partners in this and if the United States of America decides to ignore the weight of evidence that clearly shows that we need to take our time before we dump these people into Ghana, Ghanaians should be supporting the government to equally retaliate."
Meanwhile, the government of Ghana has responded to the restrictions pointing out some areas of disagreement with the Americans.
Among other things, Ghana accused the US of not sticking to international regulations regarding deportation of Ghanaians.
The West African country complained that the US deports people in belly chains and handcuffs.
The response issued by the government of Ghana also notes that Ghana is a "sovereign country". This is to be noted that Ghana wants to indicate to the Americans that she will not be bullied into submission to accept the deportees.
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