The Minority Caucus of Ghana’s Parliament of the National Democratic Congress, NDC, has called on Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo , to quit the stage now, as President of the Republic.
According to the Minority parliamentarians, it’s evident that Nana Akufo Addo cannot hold the government and the country together.
The Minority MPs was reacting to the Thursday’s airing of the undercover video documentary of investigation by JoyFM, Mannesseh Azure Awuni of militia training at the Osu Castle, the Annex seat of the Presidency in Accra.
In the view of the Minority Parliamentarians, “Akufo-Addo has lost all moral right” to continue to occupy the high office after evidence suggested he is deeply involved in the illegal operations of a private militia, De-Eye, at the Christiansborg Castle known commonly as the Osu Castle.
Until some time in 2013, the Osu Castle an inherited edifice from the British Colony served as the Seat of Government and all presidents, except Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, operated at the Castle as office.
Jerry John Rawlings, the first President of the Forth Republic, some time to sleep there and work and its has since been a highly security zone and remained as such till date.
“We insist that Nana Akufo-Addo must resign as President of the Republic of Ghana with immediate effect,” Deputy Minority Leader, James Avedzi said with cheers from his colleagues while addressing the media in Parliament Friday morning.
The MPs also want the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to carry out a swoop to arrest the members and leaders of De-Eye group, which owes allegiance to the governing NewPatriotic Party (NPP).
In the view of the Minority, the action of the De-Eye group amounted to violation of the many laws including the 1992 Constitution of Ghana and ought to be punish.
They are also asking the security agencies to take “urgent steps to reclaim the offices and other State properties in the possession of the leaders of De-Eye Group Militia.”
On Thursday, Joy News premiered the documentary, “Militia in the heart of the nation.”
A number of the group members train at the Christiansborg Castle despite attempts by the National Security to evict them.
“Powerful hands” thwarted the eviction, according to the documentary.
The group’s responsibility is to provide security for the officials of the NPP and serve the same purpose at party events.
On Monday December 10, 2018, the De-Eye held it first meeting after a Conference Centre event where they provided security.
That morning, Fraser Owireku Kegya, one of the leaders of De-Eye Group who is referred to as “Chief of Staff”, addressed members of the militia group.
He told them President Akufo-Addo had asked about the group at the Conference Centre.
The Minority have been saying it interminably that this government under the leadership of Akufo Addo has no direction and does not mean well for the country.
The opposition MP said, all lovers of democracy should queue behind them at this critical time in our political challenge and put pressure on the President to leave the stage now and save our democracy and the country.
The Nana AkufoAddo government, they said has exhibited all traits of a failed administration and did not need to wait for the parliament to give it a quit notice.
They added that, history is a witness that when a government is bereft of ideas and still wants to cling on to power, it resorts to use of brute force, intimidation and harassment of opponents, a quality they have seen very blatantly in this regime.
The NDC parliamentarians further asserted that a supposed civilian government that does not want institutions of democracy to strive should be called its exact name- dictatorship.
PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE MINORITY IN PARLIAMENT ON JOY NEWS’ SPECIAL INVESTIGATIVE REPORT TITLED – “THE MILITIA IN THE HEART OF THE NATION”
The Minority in Ghana’s Parliament is grateful to you of the inky fraternity for honouring our invitation to cover this press conference at rather short notice. Though all objective minded Ghanaians acknowledge that we are not living in normal times, we wish to state for the record that we do not take your sacrifices lightly.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The Minority in Parliament just like the overwhelming majority of Ghanaians is totally shocked and full of indignation after watching a special undercover investigative report by Head of Joy News Investigative Desk, Manasseh Azure Awuni titled: “The Militia in the Heart of the Nation.”
The content of the undercover report which was aired last night is not only unsettling, it makes for grim commentary. Indeed, it shakes the very foundations of the notion that Ghana remains a stable democratic State. That façade appears to have been stripped bare.
Since the airing of “The Militia in the Heart of the Nation,” dark clouds now hang over our dear nation as many ponder deeply on the direction of our country under the duplicitous and deceptive leadership of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Ghanaians are not oblivious of how similar militias in other countries mutated into full blown terrorist organizations that now haunt those nations and beyond including the politicians who birth them.
Manasseh’s report reveals how an NPP militia known as De-Eye Group operates and trains hundreds of its members at the Christianborg Castle in Osu.
Until 2013, the Christianborg Castle was the seat of Government serving as offices for the administrations of former Presidents Rawlings, Kufuor and Mills. Though the seat of Government has now moved from the Osu Castle to the Jubilee House, it is significant to point out that the Osu Castle is still considered a nerve centre for the functions of the executive arm of Government. This point is further buttressed by the fact that at least four Ministers of State at the Office of the President namely: Dr. Mustapha Hameed who is the Minister of State responsible for Inner City and Zongo Development, Hawa Koomson who is responsible for Special Development Initiatives, Professor Gyan Baffour who is responsible for Planning and Minister of State at the Presidency Rockson Bukari all function from the Castle.
Furthermore, the irony which must not be lost on us is that the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election Commission of Enquiry which was established following the January 31st, 2019 bloody by-election and which is chaired by Justice Emile Short is conducting its public hearings from that same Osu Castle.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Joy News’ undercover report unmasks the Commander of De-Eye Group militia as one Nana Wireko Addo, also known as “Choman.” An intriguing fact is that Joy News has confirmed that the said Commander is a former personal bodyguard of President Akufo-Addo. This appears consistent with the narrative of how other bodyguards of Vice President Bawumia, National Organizer Sammy Awuku and other senior NPP functionaries who have been identified as leaders of other party militias.
Perhaps even more mind-blowing is the revelation that De-Eye Group militia has been allocated two offices at the Castle where it uses one as a secretariat and the other as an office for Commander Nana Wireko Addo. For a Government that is yet to provide complete office accommodation for all of its elephant-sized 111 Ministers – the De-Eye Group Militia must be a very special organization dear to the hearts of those who matter at the very top echelons.
The investigative report brings to the fore the inner workings of the militia and how well connected they are to party bigwigs including President Akufo-Addo himself. In a military ops style, divisions within the militia are Alpha, Charley, Delta and the Special Unit.
The scary revelations also show how some persons within the National Security Ministry such as the Operations Director, Col. Michael Opoku of the infamous “Azugulicious” deployment in the bloody Ayawaso West Wuogon operation were rendered powerless when they tried to stop the militia from operating at the Osu Castle including using the once ceremonial and stately Osu Gardens for training drills. The militia’s commander “Choman” is also captured on tape bragging about how they have defeated those National Security infiltrators who tried to work against the militia’s progress.
In what must make us all anxious, it did also emerge during the investigations that some of the members of the group could not stop committing other offences which lands them in trouble as they are arrested by the Police virtually every week and that this has often required special interventions from the militia’s leaders to have these members released. One wonders the nature of crimes these miscreants keep committing and why the Ghana Police Service has been absolutely impotent in bringing the hoodlums to justice.
Undoubtedly, one of the most chilling disclosures is the very audible confession of the militia’s Chief of Staff, Mr. Frazer Owireku Kegya who tells his militia members on the 10th of December, 2018 about how President Akufo-Addo was impressed with the groups output at the December 7,2018 Dombo event at which President Akufo-Addo was special guest of honour. Mr. Kegya revealed how President Akufo-Addo directly enquired with enormous pride if the group he saw at the Dombo event were his “children” who operate from the Castle. Mr. Kegya adds that President Akufo-Addo was not shocked to see the group and that the President was very proud of how his militia had taken shape.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this special Joy News’ investigative report has exposed the pretentious and deceptive character of President Akufo-Addo. Apparently, whereas President Akufo-Addo publicly engages in lofty rhetoric about the urgent need to disband political party militias, he is busily nurturing many more militias behind the scenes. A clear case of preaching virtue and practicing vice.
President Akufo-Addo has so far shown that apart from class acts which easily makes him a candidate for an Oscar, there is no sincerity and genuineness on his part to uproot the menace of party militias. On the contrary, it has now emerged that President Akufo-Addo is himself a War Lord as Prof. Henrietta Mensah Bonsu has appropriately advised on how to describe persons who sponsor and house party militias.
Despite President Akufo-Addo’s infamous “All-Die-Be-Die” statement and warnings from some of his bosom friends who knew him well as epitomized by veteran journalist, Mr. kofi Koomson who prophesized about a decade ago that Ghana would not be safe under an Akufo-Addo Presidency and that he, Kofi Koomson knowing what he knows would not be able to sleep with his eyes closed; many were those who thought a rebranded Nana Akufo-Addo would depart from those tendencies his close friends were frightened about but alas we were all mistaken.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Having carefully considered the gravity of the matters in issue, the Minority hereby makes the following demands:
1. We insist that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo must resign as President of the Republic with immediate effect. The President has lost every moral authority to continue to occupy that high office after having been caught “In flagrante delicto.”
2. We call on the Inspector General of Police to immediately, that’s before close of day, carry out a swoop and arrest the leaders and members of De-Eye Group militia. It is obvious that the group has flagrantly violated numerous laws including but not limited to Articles 85, 200 (2) and 210 (2) of the Constitution of Ghana and Police Service Act, 1970 (Act 350).
3. That an investigation be opened into how a facility owned and managed by the State – the Osu Castle became a safe haven for an NPP militia.
4. That the State should take urgent steps to reclaim the offices and other State properties in the possession of the leaders of De-Eye Group Militia as a matter of prime importance.
5. That Government should immediately discontinue the training of NPP militia groups in facilities owned by the State across the country.
6. That Civil Society Groups and Faith Based Organizations should now assume a prominent facilitation role in the proposed talks to disband all party militias seeing that Government can no longer be trusted as an inculpable party.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The Minority decries the creeping culture of intolerance and vicious attacks perpetrated by officials and agents of the Government on innocent journalists whose only crime is that they are pursuing their profession without fear or favour. We condemn this negative culture which Anas Aremeyaw Anas has been subjected to in recent days and caution that Manasseh Azure Awuni should not be made to suffer the same predicament following this world-class courageous and impressive undercover reportage. These are journalists who at the very least, deserve high praise and not character assassination and mudslinging from a lynch mob of enslaved party loyalists.
In conclusion, the Minority wishes to serve notice that if all our demands are not met in the shortest possible time, we shall avail ourselves to other constitutional avenues to achieve our noble objectives in the national interest.
God save our motherland.
Thank you very much for your attention. We shall now respond to your questions.