Wednesday, March 28, 2018

AFRICOM: Ghana's Sovereignty For Sale To USA

Protesters in Accra, Ghana, demonstrated Wednesday against United States military Proxy.  
Thousands of Ghanaians rallied in the streets of their capital on Wednesday to protest a deal that would give the United States' military expeditionary unit an expanded role in Ghanaian territory. This was a part of the agreement between Ghana and United States that would give full permission to invest about $20 million in military equipment and training for the Ghanaian military. The US-AFRICOM will carrying out joint exercises with Ghana and using the nation’s radio channels and runways. Ghanaian officials said the agreement was an extension of a two-decades-long relationship between the United States and Ghana, a West African nation that has been a regular host of bilateral and multilateral military exercises. “It’s the same arrangement we’ve had in the past,” said Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the deputy minister of information.

He said that resistance to the deal was largely driven by the political motivations of opposition lawmakers. Frankly speaking the deal struck a serious nerve in Ghana, which is in a region where the expansion of the American military has received increasing scrutiny. In Accra, its capital, more than 3,000 people were observed gathering in the streets to protest against the agreement.  “We have partaken in the struggle and fight towards our independence, so we can never sit unconcerned when it comes to an agreement which has the tendency of compromising our sovereignty and integrity,” said Frank Amoako Hene, president of the National Union of Ghana Students, who was among the protesters.

Meanwhile in North Africa, the United States military has carried out its first drone strike against Al Qaeda militants in southern Libya, signaling a possibly significant expansion of the American counterterrorism campaign there.  United States is investing more than $100 million to build a drone base in Niger, and their military already has a permanent drone base in Djibouti.  America’s relationship with African countries has turned sour when US decided to establish its permanent military bases. 

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, greets Mr. Trump during 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.  
This year, Mr. Trump was said to have referred to some nations in Africa in an insulting manner. The remarks prompted outrage across the continent. President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana reacted strongly to the disparaging remarks, saying at that time, on his Twitter handle, that Ghana “will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful.” A trip by Rex W. Tillerson to several African nations include African Headquarter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was considered as clever move to postulate US influence in the continent.

On Wednesday, some of the protesters spoke about Mr. Trump in their outrage at the military deal made by Ghanaian politicians. “We are saying that President Akufo-Addo should listen to the people of this country,” said Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a member of Parliament who took part in the demonstrations. “He is not co-president with US President U.S , but he is the president of Ghana.” He and other opposition lawmakers had boycotted the parliamentary vote on the deal, saying in a statement that it was a “betrayal of the Ghanaian people by surrendering our sovereignty and threatening the peace and stability of Ghana.”  Koku Anyidoho, the deputy general secretary of the opposition party, the National Democratic Congress, was charged with treason for suggesting that the protests could be the start of a process that culminates in civil revolt and the ouster of the president. Officials in the American Embassy in Accra, played down the terms of the agreement, saying it would include no more than a small storage structure and several shipping containers, and the site would be used as a staging area for military exercises and storage only.

A popular Ghanaian politician ‘showboy’ and founder of the now defunct United Renaissance Party (URP), Mr Charles Kofi Wayo has broken his silence over the United States Military deal with the government of Ghana, saying “They got a deal, a sweet sugar deal, they are done… they will make more out of it than we know. 




It's just $20 million dollars from US that made Ghana and itself people so cheap as a country to be bought even after the whole continent was shocked when insulted by Trump. According to the "Devil's Deal" Ghana will provide unlimited access to use the agreed facilities and areas for U.S. forces and military contractors.

 Ghana will furnish the permission without rental or costs to the united states. “United States military contractors shall not be liable to pay tax or similar charge assess within Ghana in connection with this agreement. Most importantly US force its importation, exportation and use of the proxy military bases in Ghana shall be exempt from any inspection, license, taxes and other restrictions customs duties fees or any other charges assess within Ghana. 

The agreement also states that “aircraft, vehicles and vessels operated by or at the time, exclusively for the United States Forces may enter exit and move freely within the territory and territorial waters of Ghana.” Such aircraft, vehicles and vessels shall also not be subject to the payment of landing parking or port fees as well as inspection. The Ghanaian myopia and politicians agreed that no local official shall board and inspect any of these U.S. aircraft, vehicles and vessels without the consent of the U.S. Forces. Radio spectrum: The U.S. Forces can also use Ghana’s radio spectrum free of charge. Ghana has also agreed to accept as valid without a driving test or fee driving licenses or permits issued by the appropriate U.S. authorities to military personnel as well as us civilians and contractor.




They emphasized that there were no plans to create a base in Ghana or to permanently station American troops in the country, one of the continent’s most stable democracies. But details of the agreement, circulated in Ghana, include giving Americans access to Ghanaian radio frequencies and an airport runway among other things. Ghanaian officials said those aspects had been in place during previous joint military exercises. Other details of the agreement, like immunity for American soldiers on Ghanaian soil and tax exemptions for the import of military equipment, are reciprocal and can be requested by the Ghanaian military when its troops travel to the United States for training, American officials said.

They noted that American soldiers were not exempt from military disciplinary procedures. The agreement “does not give the United States carte blanche to come in and act unrestricted in Ghana,” said a lengthy statement from the American Embassy in Accra, adding that Ghana is “recognized as a global leader — capable of maintaining its own security and perpetuating peace and security in the region and around the world.”



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