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#GhanaGist: Fritz Baffour condemns decision to accept Gitmo two

Fritz Baffour, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Ablekuma South,  has chastised the government for the unprofessional manner it broke the news about its decision to host the former two Guantanamo detainees in the country.

According to him, the roadmap government adopted in communicating the information to Ghanaians was flawed.

The MP had earlier taken to Facebook to lament over the issue of government hosting the two detainees in the Ghana.

He among other things wrote:

“President Mahama, cited moral and compassionate grounds, as well as arcane, diplomatic and top secret considerations in granting asylum to the men from the Middle East. My take on the matter is, any which way you can, Ghanaians in the main are not happy and my Government did not handle the process well, however good intentioned.”

Mr. Fritz Baffour who is also the chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Defense and Interior further defended his comments on Accra-based Citi FM Thursday.

“We heard about the Guantanamo bay too from an outside source; the Fox news, who revealed it before our government told us about it. I think the roadmap that was used to reveal what had happened to us was a little flawed…If there is a situation like that I think that we should have been informed or there should have been a way in which that decision could have been passed on to the people of Ghana and I thought that we didn’t handle it well,” he said.

President John Mahama while interacting with the press on Tuesday justified the action and called for compassion for the Guantanamo detainees.

But Fritz Baffour said “it didn’t have to be the president coming to explain…and I think that we should have done far better in communicating the decision that has been made to Ghanaians after it had been taken.”


Hon. Fritz Baffour, Member of Parliament for Ablekuma South

Hon. Fritz Baffour, Member of Parliament for Ablekuma South

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