Friday, April 6, 2018

What Happens To A Ghanaian Run Over By A US Soldier – Kofi Bentil

11:19:00 AM

The Vice President of policy think tank, IMANI, Kofi Bentil, has said President Akufo-Addo did not specifically deal with some nagging issues in the Ghana-US military co-operation agreement in his Thursday night address.

I agree that honestly the President is within his rights to do these things. My initial problems still remains, Mr Bentil said in a radio interview with Joy FM reacting to the Presidents address.

According to him, usually when these things are done, you have things which takes care of what could happen to the populace.

So they [US soldiers] will have all the indemnities for instance of a diplomat, and I query the question, what then happens to a Ghanaian whose wife and kids are run over by a US officer ...because weve had cases like that with diplomats, Mr Bentil said .

He explained that in other places, what they will do is that, the government will issue some sort of statement saying that the Ghana government in a case like that will take up the issue, they will bear the responsibility, they will indemnify them, that has to be express, that has to be clarified and that has not been done.

So indeed I am satisfied with aspects of this thing, but I still have a problem because I dont think we have done a fine enough job to totally close up this loop, and I hope that it will be done in due course, he added.

Adding, Mr Bentil said what we have to understand is that this discussion has moved from rationale foreign policy making, rationale defence strategy issues to partisan politics and now inuendos, but the but the substantive issues still remain.

"So yes, I am satisfied but I am hoping that we hear about things that look at defending or protecting the ordinary Ghanaians who will invariably come into contact one way or the other, across the years with some of these US people," he said.

Recounting some of his challenges with the agreement, Mr Bentil said: I am one of the people who knew that we are a country that goes into these agreements since Kwame Nkrumahs time we didnt know the details of it so to a definite extent the President allowing exposure on this was good.

I am not surprised at all that we have these kinds of agreements, my worry is that, this is enhanced, it seems to be moving forward, I am not one of the people who does not want any US people here at all, My worry was that, one, we did not negotiate it well enough

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