The Minority in parliament has said Ghana’s High Commissioner to South Africa, George Ayisi Boateng must still resign for his reckless statement or face dismissal by the President immediately.
This comes after a minority caucus meeting that ended a while ago over the High Commissioner’s comments which were deemed undiplomatic and divisive.
In a statement issued by the minority and signed by the Ranking Member, Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said:”…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.”
The statement added that notwithstanding the backlash from many decent minded Ghanaians, the Ghanaian envoy “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.”
The minority contended that Mr. Ayisi Boateng is not apologetic about his distasteful comments, insisting that he wouldn’t have rendered his apology and retraction if he had not been forced by his superiors at the Flagstaff House and the Foreign Ministry, 72 hours after intense public pressure on Government to act.
Below is the 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.
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa
MP, North Tongu
Ranking Member, Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament.
Issued in Parliament, 02/11/2017