The Deputy General Secretary of the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho, has seriously questioned the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP’s) use of external security consultants to train the party’s private security team.
Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), had on Sunday arrested three South Africans, namely, Major Ahmed Shaik (retd), 54; Warrant Officer Denver Dwahye, 33, and Captain Mlungiseli Jokani, 45 at the EL-Capitano Hotel at Agona Duakwa in the Central Region over allegedly engaging in activities that seems to be a threat national security.
According to the BNI findings, the men claimed to have been brought into the country by the NPP to train the party’s security detail.
However, the New Patriotic Party expressed great disappointment over the news as published Tuesday by the State Newspaper, Daily Graphic titled: “3 South Africans arrested for acts likely to compromise national security”, clearing themselves of the claims that they brought in mercenaries into the country to train people who would cause chaos in the upcoming elections.
They were completely unhappy with the presentation of information and describing it as a biased political action by the NDC aimed at defaming the NPP. The NPP also claimed that the three arrested South Africans have licences authorizing what they were doing.
However, Koku Anyidoho criticized this move which he perceived as suspicious and may have some undisclosed motives behind it since the said South African Nationals came into the country with false identity.
Speaking on Citi Eyewitness News, Mr. Anyidoho pointed out that the three men came into the country with business visas, hence they have no rights to engage in security training.
The matter at hand is the fact that three South Africans came into the country on a business visa. A business visa does not allow them to engage in the kind of things that they were engaged,” the NDC Deputy General Secretary noted.
Another issue worthy of great concern, according to Mr Koku Anyidoho, is the fact that they were allegedly found with documents profiling some politicians.
The kinds of documents that were found in their possession; profiling persons working for a certain company, profiling politicians and then deciding how to deal with those persons leaves room for worry.”
He further commended the BNI for picking up the people he identifies as ‘mercenaries’.
Protect yourself as much as you want but if you go and bring in mercenaries who have come with false representation that they are business people but they are here training people, for me I want to commend the BNI and the security agencies for being on top of their briefs and picking those men up.”