Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) general secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia has described Bryan Acheampong’s reassignment from the Ministry of National Security as an affront to the Emile Short Commission’s recommendations.
A statement from the Jubilee House on Thursday indicated that Bryan Acheampong had been moved from the National Security Ministry and with immediate effect now serve as Minister of State at the Interior Ministry.
Talking to journalists prior to a parliamentary meeting with NDC MPs, Asiedu Nketia said the new position of Mr. Acheampong would improve his ability to cause mayhem in the 2020 polls, as he allegedly did during the by-election of Ayawaso West Wuogon.
“This is someone who deployed thugs who caused mayhem at a by-election for which reason, a commission was established. The commission came and declared the action as unlawful and recommended that he should be punished.”
“Now what President Akufo-Addo has done is to tell the Emile Short Commission that they should go to hell and tell anybody who is worried about vigilantism to go to hell. This action is going to legitimize the conduct of Bryan Acheampong and give him the legitimate authority to deploy thugs they have trained in the police to be deployed for election security,” he added.
Bryan Acheampong’s new role
Mr. Acheampong’s reassignment comes months after some persons called for his dismissal after it emerged that he authorized the operation of a SWAT team for the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election which turned violent.
The team was in the area to act on intelligence to the effect that certain arms and ammunition were being stored in a warehouse within the constituency.
The five-member commission chaired by Justice Emile Short and constituted by the government in February 2019 to look into circumstances that led to the bloody by-election and make recommendations had also indicated that Mr. Acheampong was ultimately responsible for the mishap on the day of the polls hence must be reprimanded.
“The Commission recommends that Mr. Bryan Acheampong be reprimanded for his ultimate responsibility as Minister in authorizing operation of that character and on a day of an election in a built-up area,” the report stated.
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