MPs are target of criminals – MP justifies need for security
Collins Owusu Amankwah, Member of Parliament (MP) for the Manhyia North Constituency in the Ashanti Region has justified the need for better security for MPs.
According to him, recent events of theft at the Vice President’s residence in Walawale and the death of the New Patriotic Party treasurer are alarming factors that require urgent attention.
He said MPs are in constant competition with others to represent constituencies which might attract enemies.
“Because we represent a lot of people, there are eyes on us and the way the media perceive us make it look like we have so much money which makes us targets of bad men,” he said.
“The attacks on politicians are becoming one too many, we need security to prevent recent events from happening again,” he told Accra-based Neat FM, monitored by Adomonline.com.
Earlier in the week, the Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak announced that parliamentarians were ready to forfeit Security Allowances should the state provide them with security.
He explained that hiring the services of private security puts their lives at risk because private securities are not permitted to use guns.
According to him, MPs are at risk because they operate in the full glare of the public.
“We are prone to easy attacks,” Mubarak added.