April 6, 2011

The Member of Parlaiment for Nsuta Kwamang Beposo, Kwame Osei Prepeh says he is opposed to Ghana granting asylum to the beleagured Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo.

He says President Gbagbo’s stay in Ghana will be a source of worry as he can easily forment trouble in Ivory Coast using Ghana a neighbouring country as a base.

The Ivorian Leader has come under fierce attack from pro Ouattara forces who have conquered the Capital Abidjan and has beseiged the official residence of Laurent Gbagbo forcing him to seek refuge in the basement of his official residence.

He was earlier reported to have asked his military heads to broker a deal by lobbying for his exit from Ivory Coast as he surrender power to the internationally accepted President elect, Alhassan Ouattara.

But in a swift turn of events,he refuted reports that he intends to exit power, saying he is still in power and does not intend to go anywhere.

Speaking on e.tv’sBreak fast TV show onWednesday 6th April, 2011, the Member of Parliament for Nsuta Kwamang Beposo, Kwame Osei Prempeh urges President Mills to call his friend President Gbagbo to quit power to end the fighting between the Ivorian army and the pro Ouattara forces which has claimed the lives of over a thousand Ivorians.

He notes that President Gbagbo’s exit from power now and a plea for immunity may prevent him being hauled before the International Criminal Court where he may be charged for war crimes against humanity.

“The International Criminal Court was not establish for only African Leaders to be prosecuted, but block heads like Gbagbo give themselves up so easily to be prosecuted’’ he said.

He adds that the United Nations should ensure through legitimate means that the once very peaceful Ivory Coast returns to its former glory and continue with its development.

Story by: Kwadwo Anim/ghanamps.gov.gh