Gbevlo-Lartey Assures Ghanaians and Expatriates
National Security Coordinator, Larry Anthony Gbevlo-Lartey, has assured Ghanaians and other Citizens’living in the country that his outfit would live up to expectation, after the Supreme Court delivers its ruling on August 29, eight days from today.
The assurances of Mr. Gbevlo-Lartey comes on the back of fear of violence after the Supreme Court’s ruling on the 2012 election petition, after a recent caution by the US embassy to its citizens in Ghana, which is making waves.
The Herald’s independent information is that people, especially expatriates in the country have for some days now been stocking food and other consumables in anticipations of a civil unrest.
From Accra Mall at Tetteh Quashie Interchange, Koala Shopping Mall in Osu near Danquah Circle, Maxmart at 37 to the A&C Shopping Mall at East Legon all in Accra, expatriates have been seen busily shopping as the biblical story of Noak’s Ark type of flood, is about to be repeated.
But speaking on Joy FM yesterday, Mr. Gbevlo-Lartey said, although his outfit’s intelligence does not point to possible violence, he finds nothing wrong with a directive by the United States Embassy to its citizens to take safety precautions, especially on August 29.
The Consulate yesterday explained on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show that it deemed it proper to alert its citizens in periods like the one in which Ghana finds itself now.
Sarah Stryker, Director of Public Affairs at the US Embassy, said they have only issued the circular as a precautionary measure to U.S citizens.
However, Mr.Gbevlo-Lartey said, “we know…which threats [the August 29 ruling] poses…we have assessed it, we know the level of risk…and we are doing quite a lot,” stressing nothing will happen.
He also noted that “The responsibility of the U.S Embassy to protect its citizens, indicating that such statements are part of the embassy’s duty towards its citizens in the country”.
Meanwhile, the United States embassy has clarified reasons for a circular it issued to its citizens in Ghana, ahead of the Supreme Court judgement on August 29, saying it was not meant to alarm anybody.
The Director of Public Affairs at the US Embassy in Ghana said, they issued the statement as an “approved measure [to its citizens] to register with the consulate”.
She said, the aim of the circular was to ask its citizens to register with the consulate’straveller programme, “because sometimes some people come to Ghana and other countries but no one knows they are in the country.”
Sarah Stryker said, the registration is also to assist US citizens who come to the country to trace their families in Ghana and get in touch with them when there is an emergency.
She indicated that the circular was also issued to highlight the importance of the anticipated August 29 election petition judgement by the Supreme Court of Ghana to its citizens.
“Not everyone knows the importance of August 29 as it is in Ghana. That’s because they’re here as students in exchange programmes; they are here volunteering on medical missions or as teachers…and are not following politics” and hence the US consulate thought it wise to inform its citizens about the importance of that day.
“What we are telling them [ US citizens] is, it’s prudent for them to go about their business. But its [important] for them to avoid large crowds wherever those might, particularly on the day of the ruling”, she said.
“There are Ghanaians in the United States, there are Americans here in Ghana and because there are so many people to reach, we wanted to make sure we reach them in the maximum way possible”, she further explained.
The US embassy said, it has the responsibility to communicate with its citizens who may not be familiar with Ghana and so there is no need for Ghanaians to read negative meanings in the secular issued on Monday August 19.
“We believe in the people and future of Ghana, but that’s not the issue…we are waiting,” she stressed.