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Member of Parliament for Manhyia South, Dr Mathew Opoku-Prempeh, has accused Foreign Affairs Minister, Hanna Tetteh, of withholding information on government’s decision to shelter the two ex-Guantanamo Bay detainees in Ghana.
The Minister had briefed Members of Parliament in-camera and indicated that government signed a memorandum of understanding with the United States government before the detainees were airlifted to Ghana.
Joy News understands Hanna Tetteh was unable to disclose details of that agreement.
Dr. Opoku-Prempeh who is popularly referred to as Napo told Joy News the Minister did not respond to all the issues put before her during the briefing.
“Hanna Tetteh never spoke about the [Rwandan refugees] and the Syrians who are also in town; neither did she speak about the Yemenis who are also in town with fake and visas,” the NPP MP told Joy News’ Parliamentary Correspondent Elton John Brobbey.
The MP said the Minority is also unhappy that the Minister failed to speak about a man – believed to be dangerous – who was bound for Abidjan but could not be traced after entering Ghana through the Kotoka International Airport.
“These are all serious security threats to our nation,” he notes.
Mathew Opoku-Prempeh however says the House will continue to push for answers to the key issues.
The two former detainees – Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby – have been in detention in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for 14 years after being picked up in Afghanistan and suspected to have been linked to the terrorist group Al-Qaeda.
Member of Parliament for Manhyia South, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh.
Most commentators including the clergy have demanded the two suspects be repatriated to their home country, Yemen, because they pose a threat to Ghanaians.
Government has however sternly defended its decision, saying the ex-prisoners pose no threat to the country’s security.