Minority Members of Parliament are urging Ghanaians to disregard a public apology purported to come from under-fire Ghana’s Ambassador to South Africa, George Ayisi-Boateng, following criticisms for his recent partisan comments.
According to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Minority spokesperson on Communication, Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini, the apology does not come across as genuine or even authored by Mr Ayisi-Boateng.
“The apology is a contrived statement from the Flagstaff House, not from him [Geroge Ayisi-Boateng] and Ghanaians must reject the apology letter,” he stressed.The Sagnarigu legislator adds, “If the apology is duly from his heart it shouldn’t have taken the Flagstaff House to intervene before the apology letter [was released].”ABA Fuseini was speaking to Afia Pokua, host of Adom FM’s current affairs programme, Burning Issues, on Wednesday evening.
After a relentless thumping on social media, the High Commissioner to South Africa had cause to retract and apologise for declaring at a New Patriotic Party (NPP) event that he will put the interests of the members of the governing party ahead of other Ghanaians.
Former diplomats and other respected Ghanaians did condemn the comments as unbecoming of a diplomat.
George Ayisi-Boateng told members of the Tertiary Students’ Confederacy Network (TESCON) that “This government is doing its best to create job opportunities and me, for instance, I told my people over there [that] it is because of NPP that I’m here so the NPP man is my priority. I told them when NDC was in power it was Kwesi Ahwoi who was there, now we are in power, so Ayisi-Boateng is here with you. My topmost priority is the problems of an NPP person before any other Ghanaian, take it or leave it”.
This declaration did not go down well with a section of Ghanaians when it was publicised, with many calling for him to step down or be sacked.
Initially, Mr Ayisi-Boateng defended his comments, claiming that his comments were taken out of context.
He had the backing of Acting Chairman of the NPP, Mr Freddy Blay.
However, his defence further fueled the public criticism, and caused other influential Ghanaians to join calls for him to step down.
Also contributing to a discussion on Burning Issues on the apology letter, a leading member of pressure group, OccupyGhana, Nana Sarpong Agyemang Badu, said the apology was not enough.
The President must fire him, Nana Sarpong said.