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NDC’s secret deal with US military out

It has emerged that former Foreign Affairs Minister under the erstwhile Mahama administration, Madam Hanna Tetteh, sold Ghana out to the United States government in 2015 under the cover of darkness without recourse to Parliament for consideration and ratification as was done by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government last week.

Meanwhile, the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and its Minority Caucus in Parliament are accusing the current government of selling off Ghana’s sovereignty for $20million in a similar, but more refined and transparent agreement.

It has emerged per available documents that it was the Mahama administration that signed one of the precedent agreements with the United States regarding the provision to the United States access into the country to camp its military forces.

Madam Hanna Serwaa Tetteh, irrespective of the evidence that she signed such a sensitive deal without telling the people of Ghana what was at stake in that deal as well as without Parliamentary approval, has challenged the NPP government to provide the agreement she signed.

It has become clearer than daylight that former President Mahama and Madam Hannah Tetteh shrouded the entire 2015 deal in secrecy for reasons best known to them.

A copy of the 2015 agreement signed between Hannah Tetteh on behalf of Ghana and James C. Vechery, Brigadier General of the U.S Air Force and Director of Logistics for the U.S Africa Command on behalf of the US government, and which has been kept away from even the Ghanaian Military, spelt out clearly that there will be the facilitation of a reciprocal logistic support between the parties to be used primarily during combined exercise, training, deployments, port calls, operations, or other cooperative efforts.

The said agreement signed by Madam Hannah Tetteh also granted American soldiers access to Ghana’s facilities and granted tax exemptions on the importation of equipment and items including food, water and clothing, and military equipment as well as access to the country’s radio spectrum free of cost to the US military.

Below is the agreement Madam Tetteh signed in 2015

Source: The Ghanaian Observer

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