Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency, is outraged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration’s and the Lands Commission’s helplessness in the face of the demolition of the Bulgarian embassy in Accra.
A private developer is said to have demolished the building at Kakramadu Road, Plot No. 10, East Cantonments, despite documents indicating that the Bulgarian government has a lease on the land until 2033.
According to the North Tongu MP, the developer, escorted by officers from the Cantonments Police Station, ejected Embassy staff and even assaulted the Honorary Consul, Nicolaas C.M. van Staalduinen, in his attempt to restrain them.
According to the Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Parliament, the action is a violation of the Vienna Convention of 1961 and has the potential to tarnish Ghana’s international reputation.
As a result, he has vowed to hold a parliamentary inquiry to ensure that the right thing is done.
“However, the NDC Caucus in Parliament will demand a full public parliamentary probe into these bizarre circumstances in order to identify all conspirators and bring them to justice,” he wrote on Facebook on Tuesday, March 15.
“We will not allow the shadowy characters responsible for this heinous act to enjoy the comfort and security of anonymity; we will smoke them and their collaborators out, and ensure that a few greedy bandits will never again damage our hitherto high diplomatic reputation.”
According to the opposition MP, “credible” and “verified” information point to “the fact that all of these grave violations were made possible because of a ‘powerful man’ behind the invasion, demolishing, construction, and purported takeover.”
“I shall expose him in due course,” he said, adding that “those who consider themselves strategic allies of the Akufo-Addo presidency must reflect deeply on how their conduct will impact the long-term legacy of their most-favored government.”
The lawmaker, on the other hand, praised the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, for “promising to take positive steps to halt the construction at the Bulgarian Embassy premises when I brought this to his attention yesterday.”