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Lawmakers Must Prioritise Matters Of State Security – Security Analyst.



Lawmakers Must Prioritise Matters Of State Security – Security Analyst. 46

A security analyst has called on Parliamentarians to prioritize matters related to state security.

The call comes after Mfantseman MP was shot dead by armed men when he was returning from a campaign trip.

“When MPs raise their voice about insecurity and invite the Interior Minister to appear before them; whiles it’s useful also gives a sense of unease.

“How many murders have been committed in Ghana in the last say 6 months and how often has the Minister been invited?” he quizzed.

Speaking to Samson Lardy Anyenini on JoyNews’ Newsfile on Saturday, he further raised concern over the number of security issues that have been left unresolved and the kind of response Parliament has given to such matters.

“How often has Parliament raised issues of general insecurity, of firearms-related insecurity on the floor of the house or how often does Parliamentary Committee on Defense on Interior discuss such issues?” he observed.

Prof. Kwesi said the MPs should have taken proactive measures in ensuring that more unfortunate events that could jeopardize the security of the state would not occur, however, nothing of that sort happened.

He noted that when the attacks in the Volta Region took place and police stations were being raided as well as persons including a coconut seller were mistakenly shot dead, Parliament was expected to hold an emergency session, yet that did not happen.

“We didn’t hear Parliament’s voice on the matter. That creates a certain concern as to what Parliament thinks of the security of the general public,” the retired colonel said.

Ekow Quansah Hayford was murdered last Friday when his vehicle was attacked by armed men.

JoyNews gathered that the incident happened at about 1 am, on the Abeadze Dominase – Abeadze Duadzi – Mankessim Road on his return from a campaign trip.

According to an eyewitness report, while the robbery was ongoing, the MP identified himself. This allegedly infuriated the robbers who blamed him for the problems being faced by people in the country.

He was then shot twice, leading to his untimely demise.

The robbers are currently at large, however, the Inspector General of Police James Oppong-Boanuh has placed a ¢20,000 bounty on the killers of the MP.