As tactless and embossing as it may seem Ghana’s High Commissioner to South Africa George Ayisi Boateng has doubled down his undiplomatic commentsthat have spawned public outcry amid calls for his removal.
Mr. Ayisi Boateng is on record to have said that his priority is NPP members and not Ghana. He believes the governing party gained power through the hard work by its loyalists, strategists, foot soldiers and supporters. The comments have caught fire since.
So can the embattled Ambassador survive the ‘heatwave ‘?
It all beganin a setting supposedly ‘friendly’. But what happened there didn’t stay there it dripped beyond the four walls of the venue and it’s still dripping. The High Commissioner was addressing members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and its student wing, the Tertiary Students’ Confederacy Network (TESCON) of Kumasi TechnicalUniversity.
And fired up by the students Mr. Ayisi Boateng said they are his priority in his dealings while at his duty post in South Africa. He said: “Your hard work brought us into power and so I think the right thing to do is to pay you back.”
The Ambassador urged other government appointees to do same.
Is it bad to take care of the hand that feeds the mouth?
Not at all, but wait, don’t draw your conclusion yet. Obviously his comments were in bad taste and theywould probably require a culinary expert (a chef) to examine exactly what triggered the distasteful food and why it was made that way.
Believe me I didn’t want to return from my hiatus clutching on a piece of bone like a starved German Sheperd dog. I’d heard about the meowing cat and then the mooing cow and then the zooming car. I thought I had had enough but perhaps the biggest one was yet to dock—not from afar but from my backyard. It was Mr.Ayisi Boateng’s ballistic comments.
Indeed the commentserupted like volcano from underneath the Earth. And to say they’re in bad taste is an understatement. The irony however, is he sees nothing wrong about his comments and has even doubled down or tried to justify his actions. And let me state it in plain words here:
Mr. Ambassador your statement or commentssuck!
They’re divisive and very acrimonious. They’re distasteful and unhealthy. They’re twisted and I think they portray narrow-mindedness. I beg to say, that’s not what the Akufo-Addo government epitomises. You may attempt to dress it all up with all kind of jargons or put some cosmetics on them. But it is what it is. A pig is a pig even with a lipstick on.
There’s something wrong. Indeed you got it all wrong Mr. Ambassador. And I beseech you to tear down the defensive wall you’re building and render unqualified apologies to Ghanaians, the government of Ghana and the party New Patriotic Party (NPP). That isn’t what the party represents and that’s not what Ghanaians voted for.
The people of Republic of Ghana voted for a government that views Ghanaians as one people regardless of party affiliations or political inclinations. Regardless of what they stand for and what they espouse. They voted for the NPP because it was found to be a ‘useful alternative’ party. One that has a listening ear and is sensitive to the plights of its citizenry, Ghanaians voted for a party that’s result-oriented and not a do-nothing one. Yes the people voted for a government that would include everyone without regard to ethnic background, religion, gender or class.
So how did we end up on this pathway?
Where a High Commissioner beat s up his chest like a gorilla and exclaims:
“Indeed I’m not boasting, but I’ve started meeting the NPP groups. Every weekend I meet some group members and I tell you if I had my way, every job opportunity that will come will go to a TESCON member before any other person.
“And I know my colleague appointees also have the same feeling except that because of IMF we cannot do anything now…,” he added.
“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,” he said.
Despite the backlash his comments have received vis -avis nationwide condemnation, TESCON has lent their support to Mr. Ayisi Boateng.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, past TESCON presidents of three institutions said they are proud of the Ambassador. “You have been our source of inspiration during our days in opposition and you continue to inspire us. Travelling from South Africa to attend our programs alone tells us to do more since there is hope for the future because we are always remembered by you.
“"Onipa nua" affectionately called has proven beyond reasonable doubt that he has TESCON members at heart and we also pledge to be present any time you call on us, we are going to be present,” they said.
Meanwhile, a political science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo, has also weighed into the national debate. According to him Mr. Ayisi Boateng’s attempt to justify his comments makes him ‘feel sad’.
“The reason is that he sought to cite bad occurrences in previous regimes to support what he said. It is something we shouldn’t condone or commend.”