US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson, stated that the United States of America does and is not taking political sides, contrary to popular reports in the media.
This comes after the US Embassy issued a statement saying that it will ban visas to anyone deemed to be inciting violence during the current election period; a statement that had been echoed by the United Kingdom High Commission.
Both these statements were issued following a violent incident at the main opposition leader's home in Nima, where supporters of the ruling NDC reportedly attacked security personnel outside Nana Akufo Addo's house.
“If you read the statement read by the Embassy and made by the Public Spokesperson in Washington , we do not ascribe blame for any act that occurred. The point in issuing the statement was to alert people that the US government is and was concerned about political violence." said the ambassador, "That message seems to get lost a bit in attempting to say that we are blaming one party or another. The statement does not blame anybody. I want to be really clear about that. The Embassy’s statement which is much longer, is very clear that we were expressing our concern about violence.”
Both statements - US Embassy's and UK High Commission's - were taken as signs that the the foreign embassies had taken sides with the NPP and NDC, with members of the party saying that both embassies were influence by the NPP's “malicious propaganda.”
“We value our relationship with the government of Ghana. We value our relationship with the National Democratic Congress and with all other political parties. We are not trying to say we support this party or that party. What we support is a fair process and the fairest process will be free of violence and intimidation.” Said The US Ambassador.