Ghana To Co-Finance Upkeep of Former Guantanamo Detainees

In an interview set to air on TV3 on Saturday, the US Embassy’s Head of Press Information, Daniel Fennell, revealed that the USA isn’t bearing the full cost of the upkeep of the two former Guantanamo detainees currently in Ghana.

“It’s a shared expense…we are contributing some for the monitoring and upkeep of the individuals… We are contributing some money towards that and the government of Ghana is making all the arrangements and taking care of them.”

This revelation is a brow-raiser because it comes contrary to the assurances given by the Deputy Minister of Communications, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, last Thursday that the US was going to bear the full cost of the upkeep of the two men.

Meanwhile amid rumours that the government was paid a purported 300 million dollars for hosting the men, the President during an interaction with the press on Monday, denied having made any monetary gain from the United States when we took in these men.
More and more people are becoming open about their stance on this issue. Representatives of various Christian groups(The Christian Council of Ghana, Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference , The Presbyterian Church of Ghana and the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Conference) have spoken out against the move, which is sparking a lot of controversy on the role and responsibility of Christians. One cannot help but think of the parable of the Good Samaritan which these various representatives have undoubtedly preached about countless times. The other end of the argument however is that there’s a difference between doing what is right and doing what is stupid, seeing as no one really knows what these men, who were once deemed threats to a country as powerful as the USA, are capable of doing. Where do you stand?


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