The Chairman of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Prof Edmund Delle, has called on authorities to provide the needed security for political leaders. He has also expressed opposition to the use of private security by parties, which, he said, could affect the security of the country.
Prof Delle’s concerns come in the wake of the New Patriotic Party’s justification of the training of its own private security personnel by three South African ex-police officers.
Officials of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) arrested the three – Chris Hazis, 54, also known as Major Ahmed Shaik (rtd), WO/Denver Dwayhe Naidu (rtd), 39, and Captain Mlungiseleli Jokani (rtd), 45 – at the El Capitano Hotel at Agona Duakwa in the Central region for engaging in “activities that threaten the nation’s security”.
They were said to be training some 15 young people in various security drills, including unarmed combat, weapon handling, VIP protection techniques, and rapid response manoeuvres.
Even though Prof Delle admits the importance of security for political parties, he holds the view that the nation’s statutory security apparatus should handle that duty and not foreigners.
The dermatologist said that the debate on security for political parties was an age-old matter and that necessary steps needed to be implemented to make it operational.
He, however, noted that engaging private security could be a recipe for disaster.
“For political parties using their own private security, I hope it would not undermine the security of the state. That will be a bit worrying because we have already agreed as political parties that, as much as possible, we need to keep the peace of the nation. ”
Prof Delle, therefore, called for a national debate on the matter and suggested protection by the state for presidential aspirants, at least for the period of elections and added that “if leaders of political parties are protected by the state, that will be better than allowing parties to protect themselves on their own”.
Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Nii Allotey Brew Hammond, said Wednesday that the NPP should have relied on the statutory security forces in the country if they needed protection.
He is backed by the national chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Bernard Mornah, who dismissed suggestions that private security should be employed because state security is controlled by government and cannot be trusted.
According to him, such perceptions set a bad example, since the same security agencies will work with the political parties if they are voted into power.