Ayisi Boateng’s apology apt – Kofi Bentil
Vice President of Imani Ghana and private legal practitioner, Kofi Bentil, has welcomed the apology rendered by Ghana’s High Commissioner, George Ayisi-Boateng, after he said members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) were his topmost priority.
Mr Bentil criticised Mr Ayisi-Boateng over the comment and described it as ‘most distasteful’. However, on November 1, he apologised for his comments.
Mr Ayisi-Boateng said in a statement that: “I have, upon sober reflection, decided to retract the comments I made during my interaction with some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ashanti Region over the weekend. I have realised that my statement is unfortunate and at variance with the letter and spirit of the Ghanaian constitution and the dignified office of High Commissioner that I occupy. I am aware that as the representative of Ghana to South Africa, I have a responsibility to protect the interest of all Ghanaians within my jurisdiction and to grant them equal access to opportunities that are presented, irrespective of their political affiliation.
“I regret the effect of my speech delivered to the young party members which has generated a public outcry. I, therefore, wish to retract my comments and render an unqualified apology to the Presidency and all Ghanaians.”
Commenting on this on his Facebook, Mr Bentil said: “Mr. Ayisi-Boateng, I have nothing against you personally, I found your statements most distasteful, but I think your apology is the right thing to do.
“I hope you can regain the people’s trust as their representative in SA.”