Contrary to what Ghanaians were told by President John Mahama, it has emerged that Ghana is bearing part the cost of the upkeep of the two ex-Gitmo detainees.
According to Head of press information at the US Embassy in Ghana, Daniel Fennell Ghana and the US will equally contribute to the upkeep of the detainees for the next two years.
“We are contributing some money towards that and the government of Ghana is making all the arrangements and taking care of them," Fennell said in an interview which will air fully on TV3 Saturday.
“It’s a shared expense… we are contributing some for the monitoring and upkeep of the individuals and the government of Ghana. We are contributing some money towards that and the government of Ghana is making all the arrangements and taking care of them,” he stressed.
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Also responding to the question, who was paying for their security, Fennel opined that: " It is think it is a shared expense. The government of Ghana under the constitution is responsible for the security of everything in Ghana. So they are keeping track of it; they are better at it; they are smart and we think they are doing an excellent job."
“… Is that so difficult to imagine that Ghana would pay for something that is happening in Ghana?” he quizzed.
Meanwhile,President Mahama on Monday during an interaction with the media said government did not make any monetary gain from the US government for hosting Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby in Ghana.