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General News of Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Source: citifmonline.com

Freeze visas for public officials - Imoro Andani to UK, US Embassies

A former Northern Regional Minister, Prince Imoro Andani, has called on the United States and British Embassies in Ghana, to freeze the visas of some identified Ghanaian senior politicians whose actions could lead to a crisis situation ahead of the December 7 polls.

His call comes at the back of the condemnation of the recent clashes between the two main political parties, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters across the country, by the US and UK missions in Ghana.

Prince Imoro Andani in a Citi News interview commended the US and British High Commissions’ strong worded condemnation of the rising political clashes in Ghana.

“US is a partner of Ghana and they put a lot into our development issues and UK does same and so why would you tell somebody who puts in resources in terms of financial and human resources into your development, and when it comes to issues of actions that could lead to crisis in the country you say they don’t have the right to talk.” “There is nothing with the comment the US made, it’s fair. There are several USAID projects across the country and they have heavy investments and some go directly to government.

In fact, most of their collaborations are between government and the USAID and USAID is a funding agency for the American people. GCAP and Advance are some of their projects” He noted.

He maintained that, freezing the visas of some identified trouble causing politicians is the surest way to guarantee the nation’s stability. “I respect the sovereignty of Ghana and I respect the rights of everybody; but I insist that visas should be frozen especially that of senior politicians so that if any crises were caused by any politicians, people like me and others, they should stay back and suffer with their families.”

Prince Imoro Andani further challenged President John Dramani Mahama to condemn in equal measure the hostility at the Nima private residence of the NPP Presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo. “What happened at Nana Akufo Addo’s house should be condemned by any reasonable person; and I will expect my brother the President to come out and condemn it.

I listened to him on radio and his comments were comments that were not helpful; and I think as a northerner, and looking at his background, he should come out and condemn it,” he emphasized.