19th January 2022
Richard Kumador, a security expert has stated that the removal of millitary details to the Speaker of Parliament is nothing but an attempt by the government to expose the 3rd gentleman of the land to attack. The security consultant was speaking on News 360 on TV3 yesterday monitored by CitizenOne when he made the allegation.
According to Mr. Kumador, it was a very serious security issue to deny the Speaker security at any time no matter what. He maintained that even if there were anormalies with the deployment, the right thing to do was to correct that anormalies and not to withdraw them. He believes whatever the anormalies were, they will be rectified in the office.
When asked if the President was behind it, Richard Kumador stated that, the action of the President and some of his officials give credence to that conspiracy theory. He said, if this country continue in this tangent, the nation will be faced with a serious security threat.
Meanwhile the minority caucus in parliament has condemed the withdrawal of the millitary details to the Speaker. According to the ranking member of Parliamentary Select Committee on Defense, the president just wants to show the speaker that he is powerful. Hon. Ahmed Ibrahim denied the claim that the deployment didn't not follow due process. According to him, the speaker officially requested for the four officers from the Chief of Defense Staff on 21st January 2021.
"These four officers were officially requested for by the Speaker in January 2021. They have served for one year now. So if the deployment did not follow due process, what happened all this year? ", the NDC MP querried.
He added that the President is doing all these as a revenge to the rejection of the E Levy. Hon. Ibrahim stated that the speaker was not responsible for the rejection of the E Levy. He told the Government to blame itself and the majority group for refusing to engage the minority. He served notice that the NDC will continue to reject the E Levy no matter what happens.
It will be recalled that on the last day of parliametary business for 2021, the E Levy bill was laid at late hours when Hon. Bagbin had left the house. As the majority group had a reduced number of MPs, the first deputy speaker who was presiding attempted to vote despite having no original or casting vote. The minority physically prevented him from voting and the house became chaotic.
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