Ghanaians whose businesses have come under scrutiny before Parliament for wrong reasons can do anything harmful to members of the august house if an affected businessman so wishes due to lack of protection for Members of Parliament (MPs).
“Let’s take Woyome’s case as an example. Everything ended up in Parliament after he received money he doesn’t deserve from government…the Auditor General brought a report to Parliament before the matter went to Court. And if you are the only who has stood before the case, this is what the law is saying. You are spotted by him and if Woyome is such a bad person you become his target” Hon. Joseph Osei Owusu explained trying to justify the need for lawmakers to have police protection.
In an interview monitored by MyNewsGh.com, the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, also added that “multinational companies seeking contracts in Ghana all have to use parliament in processing their documents and you dare frustrate the process in the name of value for money…for me, that MP can be attacked as a result of it”, he stressed
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) lawmaker for Bekwai in the Ashanti Region was therefore at a lost as to why all government officials with the exception of Members of Parliamentfalling under Article 72 have state protection.
“Ministers and their Deputies, DCEs, Magistrates and all government workers under this Article have body guards why not the MP who is making the law?” Hon. Joseph Osei Owusu quizzed
It comes on the back of calls by MPs for improved protection following the murder of Mfantseman MP Ekow Quansah Hayford.
On Tuesday, October 13, 2020, Interior Minister Ambrose Dery announced that 200 police officers will be despatched to guard MPs till next year. The officers according to Ambrose Dery will operate under the Parliamentary Protection Unit.
“Due to the retooling of the security agencies by President Akufo-Addo, the country has more security agencies and security personnel available. So, we have proposed that, between now and the end of the year, we are going to provide an additional 200 police personnel to be part of the parliamentary protection unit. We are making this arrangement to ensure that the unit attains the status of divisional police command to take care of the Members of Parliament as bodyguards.”