The editor in chief of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr says he will be disappointed if the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr George Akuffo-Dampare renders an apology to the British High Commissioner Harriet Thompson in relation to the letter he wrote over Oliver Barker-Vormawor arrest.
“I am shocked when some citizens say Dampare should not have issued that lengthy statement. With what the British High Commissioner did, you can even publish about thirty books; not pages. What is the business of the British High Commissioner, commenting on somebody who has been arrested for a traffic offense?”.
According to Kwesi Pratt the High Commissioner don’t have the morale rights to comment on traffic offences in Ghana because there is no way Ghana’s High Commissioner in London Papa Owusu Ankomah can tweet about the recent killing of blacks in UK etc.
“If Papa Owusu-Ankomah, who is the High Commissioner in London, had twittered the way she twittered about discrimination in the British police against black people, what will have happened to him? Don’t you think, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will have summoned him and given him a brushing of the face?” he quizzes.
Mr Pratt wants the Foreign Affairs ministry to summon the UK High Commissioner. According to him the UK High Commissioners tweet is affront to Ghana’s constitution and therefore he does not see anything offensive in the IGP’s statement.
“Why are we not doing that? I’m actually surprised that our foreign minister, Shirley Ayokor BotchWay did not summon this high commissioner to her office and give a few lessons in diplomacy. It shouldn’t even have come from the Inspector General of Police. I’m really surprised that we haven’t done that … because this is an affront. It is a complete affront to all of us,” Mr Pratt added.
He urged all Ghanaians to remove their political lenses and come together to defend the national sovereignty.
I suspected that it is because of this NDC, NPP divide that is why a lot of people want to take Dampare on. They think that they are scoring against Dampare, they are getting the British on their side against Dampare. That is a foolish game, completely foolish game. My dignity as a Ghanaian is at stake he said.