MP for Ketu South, Fifi Fiavi Kwetey says government’s official explanation on the deployment of the military in Volta Region is ridiculous and laughable.
According to him, the said explanation cannot be true because Ghana’s Covid-19 cases are more than its neighbouring countries.
The Volta Regional Minister Archibald Letsa said the deployment is mainly to enforce the border closure by the President.
He stated that the deployment has nothing to do with the new voters’ registration exercise but rather to make sure foreigners do not enter the country. This will help to stem the spread of Covid-19 in the country.
But speaking on the explanation, Fifi Kwetey said Togo should rather be the one preventing Ghanaians from entering their country because our cases have passed that of Togo.
Case record from neighbouring countries: Burkina Faso- 941 cases, 826 recoveries, 53 dead and 35 active cases. Ivory Coast: 8,944 cases, 3,587 recoveries, 64 dead and 5,293 active cases. Togo: 615 cases, 395 recoveries, dead 66 and 154 active cases.
Fifi Kwetey noted that the exercise by the government is to intimidate party members of the NDC from registering for the new voter ID.
The youth wing of the NDC has also described as a gross affront to the country’s democratic credentials the military deployment to the Volta Region.
According to them, they will respond fiercely and harshly to any assault in the Volta Region.
A statement signed by the National Youth Organiser of the NDC, George Opare Addo said, “The National Youth Wing of the National Democratic Congress has observed with utmost disgust, the ongoing incidences of attempted voter suppression and the unprovoked deployment of brutish force by some military personnel in the Volta Region; ahead of the upcoming voter registration exercise by the remote-controlled Jean Mensah Electoral Commission.”
“As a thriving youth force of the most successful political party in Ghana, we consider the recent developments as a gross affront to our democratic credentials and a distasteful punch to the floating climate of peace in the Volta Region and the country at large. Even though disappointed, these crude and oppressive acts are nothing but by-products of the repeated callousness, which has been demonstrated by the New Patriotic Party, together with its shortsighted and divisive leader, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. For a man who continues to make very boastful assertions about his commitment to the protection of human rights, it is gravely ironical that such gleeful violations occur right under his nose.”