General News of 2014-07-19

US Embassy apologises to Mahama over "errant tweet"

The Embassy of the United States of America was yesterday (Friday) compelled to render an apology to Office of the President, following the use of its official tweeter handle to respond to an earlier tweet posted by President John Mahama.

President Mahama posted on the social media site to assure Ghanaians that current economic challenges would be over soon.

"As a people, we have had to make sacrifices. I wish to assure you that the results of these sacrifices would begin to show very soon," the president tweeted.

The Embassy responded by tweeting: "And what sacrifices are you making? Don't tell me that pay cut".

This got some government officials including the Chief Executive of the National Youth Authority Ras Mubarak irked, and demanded the Foreign Affairs Ministry to take up the matter against the Embassy.

"The Minister of Foreign Affairs should summon the American Ambassador in Accra to explain what could charitably be described as a diplomatic blunder.

“To have the official US Embassy account respond to a tweet by President Mahama in such disrespectful terms is unforgivable," Mubarak posted on Facebook.

But the Embassy in an attempt to explain the situation said one of its staff accidentally caused the blunder and apologised for that.

"Our staff mixed a personal handle with that of the embassy's...We've communicated our apology to the Office of the President," the Embassy posted.

Source: myjoyonline.com
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