Fake Mahama videos on violence could trigger diplomatic row – expert fears

Fake Mahama videos on violence could trigger diplomatic row – expert fears
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | George Nyavor | george.nyavor@myjoyonline.com
Date: 19-02-2019 Time: 06:02:11:am
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Mr Mahama met the diplomatic community on February 13

An international relations expert fears former President Mahama could trigger strained diplomatic relations between Ghana and the countries whose representatives he met recently.

Dr Vladmir Antwi-Danso said the invitation extended to the diplomatic community by the former President, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Minority in Parliament over the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence was unnecessary and will not achieve anything good.

He said diplomacy is delicate and must be handled properly.

He feared that the current government could find fault with the diplomats for honouring Mr Mahama’s invitation.

VLADMIR ANTWI-DANSO

Dr Vladmir Antwi-Danso is an international relations expert

In another vein, the diplomats and the countries they represent could fall out with the current government because of what they may have been told by former President Mahama during the meeting, he said.

“There is no way that [the diplomatic community] have not sent their reports [about the violence] already to their countries. [Meeting them] does not add anything but what it does is trying to pitch the government against the opposition with the diplomatic corps as players…and that is in sour taste,” he said.

Dr Antwi-Danso made the comments on MultiTV's current affairs programme, PM Express, which discussed the controversial meeting with the diplomats.

Mr Mahama’s February 13 meeting with the members of the diplomatic mission sought to make the point, among other things, that governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has a fertile history of engaging vigilante groups to cause mayhem.

Joined by the bigwigs of the NDC, Mr Mahama showed the members of the diplomatic community videos and photos of the violence that rocked a polling station at La Bawalashie during the by-election.

Related: Gov’t to write to diplomats over ‘false’ Mahama videos

The government has condemned the meeting and has said some of the videos shown to the diplomats were fabricated evidence to paint Ghana black to the diplomats and the international community.

Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has said the government is taking steps to clarify the issues to the diplomats because none of the claims made by Mr Mahama concerning the polls and other related matters was accurate.

Speaking on PM Express on Monday, Dr Antwi-Danso said the violence that rocked the January 31 by-election was not the kind that should cause the former President to take such a drastic step as involving the diplomats.

He noted that by-election related violence has happened more than once and the state has shown the willingness to deal with them as evidenced by the Commission of Inquiry into the latest violence.

“Former President Mahama should have played better statesmanship. He could have written strongly about the violence, published it and send copies to the international community…” he offered as a better alternative.

Dr Antwi-Danso is convinced the President was ill-advised on the decision to meet the diplomats over the Ayawaso West Wuogon violence.

 


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