A staunch member of NPP in UK Branch and strong advocate for Nana Akufo-Addo and Dr Bawumia Presidency, Mr Peter Antwi Boasiako, has called for the removal of the National Security Minister, Hon. Bryan Acheampong for his personal failure at the recent by-election that took place at a suburb of Accra.
Mr Antwi in his statement emphasised that, he will not cease on this matter until we see an action taken to sanitize the system in Ghana.
Mr Antwi Boasiako argued that, “the National Security Minister, Hon. Bryan Acheampong must be sacked. He is a failure in his position and he mustn’t be given any extra time to stay there to cause more mess.”
He further explained the reason for his call that, “for the Minister of Security to openly admit and explain on radios that, he the Minister, received a tip off of some arms been kept in the house of the NDC candidate, the IGP did not receive the same tip off, and the Minister also failed to inform the IGP, sit down with him to decide and plan on the appropriate cause of action to be taken, but rather, the Minister decided to take the responsibility upon himself to instruct a deployment of section of the Special Weapons and Tactics police to the election area, is a big failure of his responsibility, and in my personal judgment, the Minister must be made to take full responsibility for the mess caused at the by-election.”
Mr Antwi Boasiako in his view suggested that, “No Minster in the republic of Ghana has a responsibility to deploy any section of the Security forces without the prior knowledge and approval of the professional Security Commands in the country. That, the Security minister failed at his responsibility to consult them on his averred intelligence received that should warrant the use of the Special Weapons and Tactics police to avert any possible destruction.
Mr Antwi Boasiako, who is the founder of “Akufo-Addo For 2016 Advocacy Group”, explained that, “this by-election was the easiest litmus test for the NPP/Nana Akufo-Addo’s gov’t, that we all knew the NPP candidate would win hands down, and if the Security agency failed this simple test in such a bad way, then it’s not something we should gross over it.”
He pointed out that, “even His Excellency, the President, before instructing for any military action, base on any intelligence the President has received, would only do that first with a serious consultation with the military commands to advice him proper and better. The President doesn’t just go round deploying soldiers to fight or charge them to act haphazardly in any way like that.”
“For the National Security Minister to say on air that he, the Minister received a tip off of some arms being kept somewhere in the area where the election was going to take place, and decided to deploy the Special Weapons and Tactics Police, without the prior knowledge and approval of the IGP or the Police Command, is a huge failure and abuse of the Minister’s responsibility”. He adding that, though the Minister had the duty of care to act on such information, if true, by informing and consulting with the IGP and Police Command to act, but the Minister failed to do so and that, he believes the Minister definitely doesn’t know what he is doing in that position as a Minister of National Security.
Mr Antwi Boasiako concluded that, the Minister must be sacked before he causes more mess for the govt and on Ghanaian populace.
To further buttress his point, Mr Antwi Boasiako said, “You see, I say this bcos, we always introduce new laws and set up new institutions, and yet nothing changes, nothing improves, all because, the political appointees and politicians turn to abuse their positions and abuse the very institutions that must take professional decisions and actions and then take full responsibility for their actions are rather, usurped by the administrative officers, abuse them and mess up things. This can’t continue in Ghana and therefore agrees with the President Nana Akufo-Addo’s condemnation and call for proper investigation into the mess caused,”.
This call has come also in support of the earlier condemnation by some well respected social commentators.
One known Social Commentator, Sydney Casely has also expressed that, “he believes the way and manner security agencies handled the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election dented the image of the country.”
The Ghana Police Spokesperson has already denied knowledge of who deployed the Special Weapons and Tactics police (SWAT) to the election area and he confirmed that, the IGP has also instigated an investigation into the incidents of shootings and the SWAT deployment.