Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, is not enthused about the North Tongu Member of Parliament (MP), Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa’s, decision to go public with his request for updates on the Gitmo 2 ex-detainees in the country.
According to the minister, Mr Ablakwa sidestepped due processes in putting out an open letter to demand updates on the two persons: Mahmud Umar Muhammed Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Al-Dhuby.
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who is also the Minority Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs last Thursday wrote an open letter to the National Security Minister demanding updates on the two ex-Guantanamo Bay detainees in the country.
Mr Ablakwa said the government several months ago had given indications that it was in touch with other countries to have the two persons relocated.
“Respectfully, it is my considered view that after a full year of patiently waiting on Government, it is imperative that in this matter which is of enormous national interest, you provide an update to the Ghanaian people as good governance principles of transparency and accountability will demand.
“It is my humble expectation that you will now provide the update requested with dispatch,” Ablakwa said.
But according to Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, using the forum of parliament to get matters addressed was more appropriate than resorting to media controversies.
“They mentioned that we are at the stage where we are engaging with other countries to determine whether or not they will make them available to other countries. If he goes through the processes, file the necessary questions in parliament, gets the necessary persons to attend to them, those answers will be made available,” he said.
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