Minister of State at the Ministry of Interior Bryan Acheampong has opened up on why recommendations made against him by the Emile Short Commission were rejected and never applied to him, insisting that the recommendations were strange and bogus and that he cannot take responsibility for someone’s actions.
Speaking on Agoo FM in Nkawkaw recently monitored by MyNewsGh.com, the Minister and Member of Parliament(MP) for Abetifi, who was minister of state in charge of National Security strenuously denied being responsible for the violence that happened during the by election in Ayawaso West Wuogon in January 2019, which violence was probed by the Emile Short Commission.
The Emile Short Commission Report recommended that since the unit that carried out the violence was under Bryan Acheampong, he must take ultimate responsibility and be reprimanded for the violent happenings during the by-election.
But Mr Acheampong explained why he didn’t take ultimate responsibility during the interview.
“If you look at the report, about 500-page report, both things puts me in the circle. Yet, strangely enough, in the recommendations, somebody went and wrote…that I must take ultimate responsibility. Why must I take ultimate responsibility? There is nothing that says I’m responsible. If I’m responsible, I’m a man, a trained soldier, I’m responsible for my men and I will take responsibility for anything the ministry does. Those ones, I will take responsibility for, “he explained.
Mr Acheampong pointed out that for him to accept ultimate liability for the violence that marred the by-election, there must be proof that the actions and inactions of the operatives came as a result of his orders. Otherwise, the ministry must be blamed.
“But if you come out and put individual liability, then you must come with proof and say that I gave the command, instruction and I signed out the order. Other than that, you place the liability on the ministry not me as a person because that evidence never came out at the commission. In the recommendations, they were recommending that I take responsibility. How can you recommend that I take responsibility?” he wondered.
He was disappointed that the commission sought to blame him even though it was set up as a fact-finding commission.
“It is a fact-finding commission who can say Bryan did XYZ, you cannot go on a fact-finding mission and say that I’m recommending someone to take responsibility. How do you make such a recommendation? Even when I had not accepted responsibility because there is no proof, you go ahead and say I should be reprimanded. It is strange. These are high commissioners, I don’t want to use any unpalatable words but that all I can say is that that whole decision is absolutely bogus,” he declared.
Meanwhile opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC) has described Bryan Acheampong’s reshuffling to the Interior Ministry as a ploy by the ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP) to right the 2020 elections by putting.