18th May 2024

Bryan Acheampong now heads to the Interior Ministry

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reassigned two of his ministers with immediate effect.

The two are Bryan Acheampong, Minister of State at the Ministry of National Security, who heads to the Interior Ministry as a Minister of State, while the Deputy Minister for Interior, Henry Quartey, is now Deputy Minister at the Ministry of National Security.

This was announced by a release signed by Eugene Arhin, director of communications at Jubilee House.

Committee’s report

Mr Acheampong’s reassignment comes months after some persons called for his dismissal after it emerged that he authorised the operation of a SWAT team for the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election last year.

A five-member commission of inquiry, chaired by Justice Emile Short, which looked into the circumstances that led to the bloody by-election, had indicated that Mr Acheampong was ultimately responsible for the mishap on the day of the polls.

“The Commission recommends that Mr Bryan Acheampong be reprimanded for his ultimate responsibility as Minister in authorising an operation of that character and on a day of an election in a built-up area,” the report stated.

Gov;t stance

But the government, in its White Paper on the report, rejected the recommendation.

The government said the Commission, in the report, failed to state the basis for that recommendation, hence its inability to accept it.

“The Government rejects the Commission’s recommendation in paragraph 8.3.6 on page 59 of the Report on the basis that the Commission failed to establish the factual basis for the said recommendation,” the government stated in the White Paper.

Source: Daily Statesman

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