Mensah Thompson, the Executive Director of Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability, ASEPA, has quizzed the Ghana Armed Forces, GAF, on whether they would withdraw military protection for the Asantehene and Okyenhene.
Mensah Thompson’s comment comes at the back of withdrawal of some four military personnel attached to the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin.
“Harmless question oo..would the Ghana Armed Forces withdraw Otumfuor and Okyehene’s military (sic) guards too??,” he quizzed in a facebook post sighted by GhanaVanguard.com.
Mensah Thompson furthered that it would be ridiculous for some chiefs to be walking with military escorts whiles Speaker Alban Bagbin goes without any.
He suggested also that if GAF is taking measures to “demilitarize protection” of people who hold higher public offices such as the Office of the Speaker of Parliament, then the aforementioned chiefs should also have their military security detail withdrawn.
“If the Speaker of Parliament, the third in command of the Republic cannot have military(sic) protection as part of his security detail, then it would be absolutely ridiculous for any Chief to walk around with military(sic) escorts.
If we are demilitarizing protection for public officers, then the rule of universal application cannot be side-stepped.
Chiefs cannot walk around with military(sic) escorts whiles Number 3 is ‘naked’!!,” Thompson stated.