Ayisi-Boateng must go – Minority

The Minority in Parliament insist Ghana’s High Commissioner to South Africa, George Ayisi-Boateng, should be recalled by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo despite apologising for saying his priority is to put the interest of members of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) first above all other Ghanaians.

Mr Ayisi-Boatneg retracted and apologised for the comments 72 hours after his statement was widely condemned by civil society organisations, the Minority and a section of the populace who were calling for his dismissal.

But according to the Minority, the “public apology would not have been rendered by the disgraced envoy if he had not been forced by his superiors at the Flagstaff House and the Foreign Ministry coming 72 hours after intense public pressure on government to act”.

The Minority, in a statement signed by Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, noted that Ghanaians living in South Africa have expressed their displeasure and sense of insecurity under Mr Ayisi-Boateng as their High Commissioner and are demanding that he is not retained.

The statement further said the conduct of Mr Ayisi-Boateng over the last 96 hours have shown him to be unfit and lacking the temperament of a diplomat to occupy the high office of High Commissioner and should therefore resign or be recalled by the President.

Below is the Minority’s full statement:

MINORITY IN PARLIAMENT’S POSITION ON THE RELUCTANT AND INSINCERE APOLOGY OF GHANA’S HIGH COMMISSIONER TO SOUTH AFRICA

The Minority in Parliament has had the opportunity at a meeting which ended a while ago to consider the content of an obviously reluctant and insincere public apology rendered by the beleaguered Ghana High Commissioner to South Africa, H.E George Ayisi Boateng.

The Minority further considered the full circumstances surrounding the apology as follows:

That H.E. Ayisi Boateng initially treated with contempt our demand of him to retract and apologize for his unconscionable, bigoted and unconstitutional remarks.

That H.E Ayisi Boateng even in the face of overwhelming condemnation and revulsion from many decent minded Ghanaians still chose to adopt a more belligerent, reckless and divisive posture as demonstrated by his reported retort in which he dared the Minority to go to the Supreme Court if we so please.

That H.E Ayisi Boateng rather than express remorse for flagrantly violating Articles 17 and 35 (3) of the Constitution of Ghana and the requirements of the Oath of Office he swore, unfortunately chose to embark on a pathetic attempt to equalize with non-existing parallels including a wicked effort to denigrate the good name of former president John Evans Atta Mills of blessed memory, mobilizing misguided NPP youth groups and some ill-advised party leaders to defend his shameful utterances.

That we have confirmed that the said public apology would not have been rendered by the disgraced envoy if he had not been forced by his superiors at the Flagstaff House and the Foreign Ministry coming 72 hours after intense public pressure on Government to act.

That Ghanaians living in South Africa have expressed their displeasure and sense of insecurity under this embattled High Commissioner demanding that he is not retained.

That the conduct of H.E. Ayisi Boateng over the last 96 hours have shown him to be unfit and lacking the temperament of a diplomat to occupy the high office of High Commissioner.

Therefore, based on all of the above, the Minority is compelled to maintain its stance that H.E. George Ayisi Boateng should resign failing which he should respectfully be recalled by H.E. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo with immediate effect.

Signed,

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

MP, North Tongu

Ranking Member, Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament.

Issued in Parliament, 02/11/2017

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM

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