November 28, 2017

Ranking member on foreign Affairs, and Member of Parliament(MP) for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has said the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo should be seen to be assertive in the Togolese crises.

He noted in an interview that, the Ghanaian President should position himself to afford him the opportunity to be able to mediate, ensuring that the opposition and incumbent have a common understanding on the way forward in getting a new constitution.

According to the ranking member on Foreign Affairs, there is uneasy calm in Togo and pointed out that on the surface things may look calm but below the waters there is a lot of tension and rumbling.

“Togo is at the brink it is not good, we keep an eye and ensure there is a smooth transition of a new constitution, which both sides agree on”.

It is an issue of who qualifies as a Togolese when the new constitution is implemented,  this is where the African Union(AU) comes in and should assume leadership to appoint a mediator which both sides have confidence in, he said.

And pointed out that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) cannot unfortunately play any role because, its chairman is the Togolese President who is involved in issue being discussed.

Again let us see more engagement on the issue we should not just sit back and allow things to escalate, we do not need that, already life’s  have been lost and properties destroyed he said.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/