Rapper M.anifest is unhappy with the deployment of over 200 police officers to serve as personal bodyguards to all parliamentarians.
According to him, the MPs are meant to serve the country and not prioritise their interest over that of the people.
“To be chosen to lead is to be a servant of the people. Not to prioritise your life over theirs,” the ‘Big Mad‘ hitmaker tweeted.
To be chosen to lead is to be a servant of the people. Not to prioritise your life over theirs. https://t.co/DprLxftH8f— M.anifest (@manifestive) October 14, 2020
His comments come after Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery announced the officers were being deployed to protect MPs.
According to him, this forms part of measures to counter the growing cases of attacks on public officials in the country.
The decision follows the death of the MP for the Mfantseman Constituency who was shot by armed robbers in the central region.
Reacting to M.anifest’s post some Twitter users agreed with the rapper stating that the decision to deploy police will only affect the security in other parts of the country.
However, others disagreed explaining that the MPs have to protect themselves to be able to do their duty.
Their lives are at risk because they’ve never prioritizes the security of this nation. Even positions in our police force are on partisan lines. They’ve helped create monsters in the land and so yes they need to protect themselves leaving us helpless.— Dead.Men.Tell.No.Tales (@negus_negust) October 14, 2020
Had they been SERIOUS or had they ever prioritized the security of this nation, we wouldn’t be having this discussion. Parliament has proven to be one of the most useless institutions in the history of this country.— Dead.Men.Tell.No.Tales (@negus_negust) October 14, 2020
The non politicians you are talking about pay for the services rendered to them by the police whiles the MP’s would be paid with the tax payers money— Surv. KUDZE EMMANUEL (@amKudze) October 14, 2020
The MP’S lives are not superior than any other person. But you have to understand that,their lives are at risk. JB Danquah was murdered in his own house and now the Mfantsipim Mp and you think this is a joke?! The really need to be protected at all cost!!!— BRA ODURO🏁 (@OduroGarbrah) October 14, 2020
MP got shot u dey provide police officers give all MPs.— Mr. Mufasa (@Lhifa_jnr) October 14, 2020
So if the normal citizen also gets shot how will you tackle it???
Provide police officers for all citizens???
The problem be SECURITY. Solve the problem.
They have the means to afford the security for themselves but they are still being protected at our own cost privileges all around— HIS MAJESTY 🏄 (@Chap_man21) October 14, 2020
I wonder. Dey don’t care abt us— Bra Jay Tee (@J_Tellem) October 14, 2020
Serving who? They’re just doing shoddy works to milk the nation’s money. Had they made security a priority, we wouldn’t be talking about this.— UncleScar (@proudblackbwoy) October 14, 2020
Da ordinary Ghanaian is targeted erday but I guess sme lives r more important dan others— Bra Jay Tee (@J_Tellem) October 14, 2020
Boris Johnson rides bicycle to work,with ours it’s their bad deeds that makes the scared. corrupted beings, thinking of their stomachs and not the farewell of the citizens… Mtcheww … If i were to be a sniper eerrr lol— Quame🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇾🇪🇾🇪🇾🇪 👽 (@quame_ozeey) October 14, 2020
Hmmm, sad where the leaders see themselves more important than us— Kwabena Asare Your MC (@ramsobo) October 14, 2020
Meanwhile, Security Analyst, Colonel Festus Aboagye (retired), also said government’s decision to provide personal security for MPs will come at a cost to public safety.
Speaking to Joy News’ Evans Mensah on ‘Top Story’ on Tuesday, he said the move will devoid other state security offices of personnel.
“The reality of what this decision is that effective the time that the IGP finds 200 Police officers to assign for MP protection duties, the areas of operation for the Police – say patrolling or rapid reaction – are going to suffer because he will necessarily have to withdraw Police officers from some of the operational elements” he explained.
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