Alexander Afenyo Markin the Member of Parliament for Effutu constituency has dismissed allegations made by Kwame Governs Agboza, the NDC MP for Adaklu constituency that President Akufo-Addo has declared war by sending troops to the Gambia.
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Speaking on Citi FM, Afenyo Markin stated that the Adaklu MP is only looking to score cheap political points in his party and that his allegations doesn’t hold water since he does not have any fact to back it.
He said, “the power given to the President to contribute troops for any mission as it’s happening today has already been given to him by the ratification deposited at the African Union and the United Nations. Is part of our international laws, if you have a law in force why would you go and consult parliament again?”
“I think my brother [Kwame Agboza] hasn’t done some much more work, and he’s playing political mischief instead of educating the public,” he told the host, Richard Dela Sky.
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Mr Markin added that the principle of responsibility to protect enjoins all nations to take steps to protect lives and properties especially when leadership of a particular country failed, therefore active preventive steps are required to prevent humanitarian crisis so that innocent people are killed.
President Akufo-Addo’s decision to send Ghanaian soldiers to intervene in the Gambia’s political situation has been heavily criticized by the opposition NDC lead by the Adaklu MP.
Despite the situation in the tiny West African country, Mr Agbodza maintains that Ghana’s legislators should have deliberated on the matter before committing soldiers to that cause.
He further argued, “If there was an aggression against Ghana, obviously the president [could] take the lead as the Commander-In-Chief and make a decision, but there is no humanitarian crisis in the Gambia.”
Mr Agbodza is on record to have said “President Akufo-Addo’s move is a pre-planned aggression against another sovereign country."