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General News of Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Ayisi Boateng summoned to Flagstaff House over gaffe

Under fire diplomat George Ayisi Boateng has been summoned to the presidency, the Flagstaff House, Myjoyonline.com has learnt.

Ghana's High Commissioner to South Africa has been called to explain his comments considered by many as discriminatory and divisive and which have caused a public outrage.

Mr Boateng told members of the NPP's students wing, the Tertiary Students’ Confederacy Network (TESCON) his priority is to serve members of the NPP first before any other Ghanaian.

“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 many Ghanaians some of whom have been vehement in their criticism and condemnation of the comments.

Pressure Group OccupyGhana has demanded an unqualified apology from the Ghanaian diplomat failing which he should be sacked.

Critics have also been mounting pressure on the president to break his silence on the matter and take punitive measures against the diplomat. It appears the presidency may have listened to the call for action and has summoned Mr Boateng to the presidency.

It is not clear yet what punitive measures may be meted out to him. He may be asked to issue an unqualified apology for his comment which has gotten many on both mainstream and social media boiling with anger.