Pressure Group, OccupyGhana, has called for the removal of Ghana’s High Commissioner to South Africa, George Ayisi-Boateng from office following his comments that his topmost priority is towards members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) before any other Ghanaians.
Mr Ayisi-Boatneg, after making that comment in a meeting with the Tertiary Students Confederacy (TESCON) student wing of the NPP, suffered a lot of flak from a section of the Ghanaian public.
OccupyGhana in a statement released on Wednesday, 1 November, said: “OccupyGhana is disgusted and appalled by High Commissioner George Ayisi-Boateng’s discriminatory comments that pitched partisan interests above those of other Ghanaians. We are even more shocked by his unrepentant expression of lack of remorse in the face of the massive expressions of disappointment at his divisive comments. We do not have to remind the High Commissioner that as a public officer of his standing, he is required to speak both with honour and from a patriotic disposition. He has failed in this regard.
“We do not have to remind the High Commissioner that he must operate above party cronyism and the prioritisation of partisan interests above the supreme interests of the Ghanaian people. He has failed in this regard. We do not have to remind the High Commissioner that his comments run counter to the theme of his own party’s Manifesto: ‘An Agenda for Change. Creating Prosperity & Equal Opportunities for All.’ He has failed in this regard too.
“We cannot condone such statements, and we condemn them in no uncertain terms as unbefitting of an envoy and holder of a high-privileged diplomatic office. We also condemn the statement made by the Acting NPP Chairman, Mr Freddie Blay that suggested support for Mr Ayisi-Boateng’s position.
“We demand from Mr. Ayisi-Boateng an unqualified apology to the people of Ghana for both his appalling initial comments and his subsequent statement expressing lack of remorse. We call on the NPP and the government to denounce the statement and demand a full retraction and apology. If he should fail or refuse to do that, then we respectfully and humbly call on the President to remove Mr Ayisi-oateng from office as High Commissioner.”