Ghana ‘s Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, has revealed that a recent robbery attack on a colleague Member of Parliament was an assassination attempt which took the supernatural intervention of God to avert the worst from happening.
The Member of Parliament for the Nhyiaeso constituency in the Ashanti region, Kennedy Kwesi Kankam and his family were attacked in their home by some unknown assailants who made away with almost everything in the household including phones, laptops and other electronic gadgets which they carted away with his 4 wheel drive which they later abandoned empty on the street some 10 kilometers away from the house.
According to the Majority Leader, the gang who invaded the home of the Member of Parliament for Nhyiaeso at the dawn of Sunday, November 3, 2019, told the MP to his face that they were sent to kill him but for his baby who was then being breast fed by the mother in his room, they would have finished him.
The Majority Leader made this known on the Floor of Parliament on Wednesday in a Statement to empathize with their colleague MP and to also draw attention to the precarious security conditions of serving members of parliament.
In his view if the MP had a security detail in his residence for instance, it would have prevented the traumatizing experience the Nhiaeso MP had to endure for 3 hours from 1AM to 4AM on Sunday. He therefore urged the state to provide the needed security for Members of Parliament.
“The time has come for the state to take a decision on the way forward about the security of Members of Parliament,” he indicated.
On his part, the Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu, called on the Article 71 Committee which has just been inaugurated by the president to take the issue on board to ensure adequate security is provided for Members of Parliament since it is an obligation of the state as enshrined in Article 71 of the 1992 constitution as part of their rights and privileges as the representatives of the people.
The Minority Leader, however made a demand on the Minister for Interior to cause the IGP to conduct an investigation into the attempted assassination of the MP to find out why and who would want him dead and report same back to Parliament within a fortnight.
The Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka Mubarack in his contribution to the statement, bemoaned the fact that Parliament was seen as an afterthought as compared to the other arms of government.
According to him, the state must wake up to the reality that replacing an MP is more costly to the state than replacing members of the executive or the judiciary.
While acknowledging that the whole security situation in the country ought to be tightened, he expressed the need for the security of MPs to be prioritized, adding that the time to act is now.
The Minister for Interior, Ambrose Derry, in a response to the request by his colleague MPs for enhancement of their personal security, gave the assurance that government had already assessed the security situation of Parliament and its MPs and is working out a scheme to provide adequate security for the members.
However, the Interior Minister’s request for the residential addresses of the MPs in order that some security arrangements could be made available to them was frowned upon by the MPs for what seems to be the issue of mistrust.
Source: Clement Akoloh||africanewsradio.com