Sagnarigu MP, Alhassan Bashir Fuseini aka A.B.A Fusieni has joined calls for parliamentarians to be provided with police protection following the killing of their colleague on Friday.
In an interview with JoyNews’ Joseph Opoku Gakpo, he quizzed why MPs have been excluded from getting security detail when the 1992 Constitution allows for judges and other public appointees to be entitled to protection.
According to him, democracy in the country is mainly centered on the legislature, hence, lawmakers equally deserve police protection just as members of the executive and judiciary arms of government.
“If you are talking about democracy, this [Parliament] is the core of it. There is no democracy in the judiciary or executive, it is right here in Parliament.
“However, the people who fundamentally make the House function have been abandoned to their own fate,” he stressed.
The former Northern Region Minister was of the view that, if the late Ekow Quansah Hayford had security detail, he could have survived the robbery attack which led to his passing.
“The whole country is in a state of morning for this incident. This should be a wakeup call because the idea of general insecurity in the country ought to be looked at because so many people are losing their lives due to highway robberies,” he said.
Mr Quansah Hayford was reported to have been attacked around 1 am on Friday by six armed highway robbers on the Abeadze Dominase-Abeadze-Duadzi-Mankessim road.
According to eyewitness reports, the MP and his entourage were on their way back from a campaign trip when the robbers shot at the back of his car. They then forced the MP out of his vehicle and shot him twice.
This, caused the Speaker of Parliament, Prof Aaron Mike Oquaye to summon the Interior Minister, Abrose Dery to inform MPs on measures being implemented to protect them, particularly, in this elections time.
However, reacting to this, Mr Fuseini said he is not impressed with acts of the Akufo-Addo government of just given assurances.
For the former Northern Region Minister, it is time for government to walk its talk.
“Nobody wants assurances, we want concrete action and all the time when tragedies like this happen they just go and bring somebody to come and tell us stories and go away.
“I am not interested in stories, the lives of Members of Parliament is at stake,” he stressed.