- North Tongu MP is livid with US protocol visa ban to top Ghanaian politicians
- He says American embassy's decision to make ex-presidents queue before visas smacks disrespect to Ghana
The Member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency, Okudzeto Ablakwa has lashed out at the American embassy in Accra for their ‘disrespectful’ decision to withdraw protocol visa services to state ministers including former heads of state.
The ranking member on Foreign Affairs Committee in parliament describes the embassy’s new directive as one that amounts to gross violation of Ghana’s dignity as a sovereign nation.
To him, the posture of American embassy on this new travel ban, smacks disrespect since former U.S. Presidents and Congressmen will expect courtesies extended to them when traveling to Ghana.
Speaking in a media interview today, the MP who was clearly not happy insisted, “We are a proud country and we deserve some respect. We are making sure that the image of our country is protected. We’ll not allow our former presidents to be embarrassed,” he contested.
The legislator however maintained that, if that unpopular decision is not reversed, it could mar Ghana’s good relationship with the US that have existed for years.
He also expressed disappointment at authorities of the US Embassy in Ghana, adding that, the dignity of Ghana’s former presidents are important to every Ghanaian citizens
The United States Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson on Thursday told Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee that henceforth, his country will treat all former presidents, MPs and state ministers to queue like any other ordinary Ghanaian, when applying for US visas for their private trips.
He was emphatic that apart from official travels for ex-presidents and MPs, all other applicants for US visas for private trips must be personally present them further checks.
The announcement has since been met with public backlash and fierce resistance with most Ghanaians saying it smacks of disrespect.
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