A security Analyst at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Center, Dr. Kwesi Annin says the call by Okere MP; Dan Botwe for the IGP to resign is cheap and shameful.
Dan Botwe’s call emanates from the NPP’s claim that the security service performed abysmally during Tuesday’s by-election at Atiwa in the Eastern Region.
The party, in a press statement accused the security agencies of looking on while acts of intimidation and violence took the better part of the election.
Dan Botwe’s opinion was that it was unacceptable for the IGP to superintend over a police service which failed to deliver when it mattered most, and for that matter he felt it was time for Mr. Paul Tawiah Quaye to resign and pave way for another person to man the Police Service.
“It’s not only unfair, it’s actually quite a shameful call…The IGP, will not resign today, he will not resign tomorrow. He must not resign.” That was Dr. Kwesi Annin’s response to Dan Botwe’s call.
Using historical antecedent, Dr. Kwesi Anin recounted some security lapses that were recorded during the NPP’s administration, implying that the Okere MP was being hypocritical.
“The essence of history is that it should teach us not to make mistakes. Everybody is a good history teacher but we are all terribly bad history students and I think Dan Botwe unfortunately has demonstrated bad knowledge of history” he said.
“We know what happened in Tamale, we know what their supporters did in Tamale when they were in power, we remember the deliberate misinformation that we got as citizens of this country, we knew the performance of the security, the usage of guns in that region and in other parts of this country – The IGP will not resign, today, he will not resign tomorrow.”
He praised the IGP for his proactive approach to leadership, saying he is one of the few leaders in the history of the Service to have worked with the level of boldness needed for the job.
“Mr. Botwe knows that in the history of the Ghana Police Service, this is probably one of the few times that we have a proactive IGP who is willing to respond to the institutional rot within his system and has got the boldness and the free hands to do it, intellectually savvy and wouldn’t be pushed around. Some of his men may fail naturally, just like some of the Ministers of the NPP failed woefully. They didn’t resign, so I think this is a disgraceful and a very cheap call from Dan Botwe.” He said.
He called for the use of an “intelligence led policing” to infiltrate the camp of the youth groups perpetrating political violence in the country.
“We can break the front of these groups if the political will is there. It is not difficult at all, within six months these groups can be wiped out, their leadership imprisoned, and given such punishment that will serve as a deterrent so that ordinary people, decent people impoverished in this country can go about their business in peace.” He added