Embattled diplomat retracts, apologises for divisive comments

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Embattled diplomat George Ayisi Boateng has unreservedly retracted and apologized for his unfortunate comment that has gotten the media boiling.

In a statement, the beleaguered High Commissioner to South Africa said his comments were “unfortunate” and undiplomatic.

George Ayisi Boateng made the headlines for saying he would prioritize the interest of NPP supporters over and above any other Ghanaian.

Mr Boateng is reported to have told members of the Tertiary Students’ Confederacy Network (TESCON) “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.

“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…”

His comments did not go down well with a number of Ghanaians, most of whom have been vehement in demanding a retraction and apology.

But the Ghana High Commissioner to South Africa appeared unfazed and was reported to have repeated his belligerent stance when he met another NPP group.

Critics mounted enormous pressure on the president to fire the unrepentant diplomat if he failed to apologise.

The General Secretary of the Christian Council Dr Opuni Frimpong said the comments by the NPP stalwart was at variance with the oath taken by the president to serve the interest of all Ghanaians.

Pressure Group OccupyGhana was also not left out of the criticisms. In a statement the group demanded an unqualified apology from the diplomat or be fired by the president.

After a meeting with the Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey and members of his party in the Ashanti Region Mr George Ayisi Boateng appeared to have eaten humble pie.

He has issued an unqualified apology, retracting and apologising for his comments.

“I have upon sober reflection, decided to to retract the comments I made during my interaction with some members of the New Patriotic Party, NPP in the Ashanti Region over the weekend.

I have realized that my statement is unfortunate and at variance with the letter and spirit of the Ghanaian constitution and the dignified office of the High Commission that I occupy,” the statement said.

He said as the High Commissioner to South Africa he has the responsibility to protect the interest of all Ghanaians within the jurisdiction and to grant them equal access to opportunities.

“I regret the effect of my speech delivered to the young party members which has generated public outcry.

I therefore wish to retract my comments and render an unqualified apology to the presidency and all Ghanaians,” he stated.

SOURCE: MyJoyOnline

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