By Gifty Arthur
The Convention People’s Party (CPP) is demanding the immediate resignation of the Executive Director of the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) ACP KK Amoah (Rtd) or be fired by President Akufo-Addo.
The party is asking ACP Amoah Rtd, to immediately resign, but should recall the suspended Eastern Regional Director of EOCO,Fred Dzeny, before he bows out.
ACP Amoah, has been facing calls for his dismissal by even members of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) who say he is over 70 years, and therefore, has lost the knack to fight corruption.
According to a statement issued and copied The Herald yesterday by the party’s acting General Secretary, James Kwabena Bomfeh Jnr, it said in the event that the EOCO boss, refuses to heed to the advice, President Akufo-Addo, should do the needful by showing him the exit.
“We call on the President to fire ACP Amoah if he fails to do the honourable by resigning. Fighting corruption under our present constitutional dispensation, is not for the timid and timorous souls. We need officers, who can frankly and boldly exhibit the bravely of the regional director”.
The CPP, said it was appalled by the decision of ACP Amoah, to suspend the Office’s Eastern Regional Director, Fred Dzeny, who reportedly advised the President to first prosecute alleged corrupt officials within his government, before attempting to do same to his political opponents.
“We find it very absurd and illogical that an organization whose mandate is to fight corruption in our public life, would be offended by frank commentary on the subject by one of its senior officers. Worse is the description of the bold and courageous conduct of the director as unethical and unprofessional. We would like to know what constitute ethics and professional standards in the books of the EOCO.We are even more appalled by the cowardly and reactionary behavior of the Executive Director and call for his resignation with immediate effect. But before he leaves, he should recall the regional director to duty”.
Mr Bomfeh, said the fight against corruption cannot be fought on the principle of such high corruption, adding that Ghana needs citizens that have honour, principle, integrity and most importantly bold and courageous enough to speak to power.
“We can understand ACP Amoah’s desperate reaction to satisfy his employers in his retirement age. But we cannot take his decision to ditch the call to uphold high national standards. It is his conduct that is in breach of national ethics and the call to duty. Both our national anthem and pledge have recurrent lines enjoining us to call evil by its name and damn the consequence. We are invited to eschew the evils that wreck nations, among which corruption is key”.
Mr Denzy at a public forum on the ‘Youth in the fight against corruption’ reportedly said that “Before we can fight corruption in Ghana, the ruling government, should be ready first and foremost to prosecute their own—then they can also have the guts to prosecute their opponents.
When you look at the corruption cases in Ghana, it is not just politician who are corrupt, the public servants, civil servants they are all corrupt”.
But in a statement on the same day on Monday, the headquarters of EOCO in Accra, disassociated itself from the statement by Mr Densy, saying “His personal view has nothing to do with the Office”.
The Office further said “The Office considers his conduct as against the ethical and professional standards of the office. He has therefore, been suspended and the matter referred to the appropriate unit for investigation”.
The statement by the EOCO in Accra, has spark public outrage with some questioning why a government that campaigned with the promise to fight corruption head on will resort to punish a man who is also speaking in the same direction.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale Central, Inusah Fuseini, has also accused the Akufo-Addo government of being intolerant to dissenting views.
According to him, the suspension of the Eastern Regional Director of EOCO, substantiates his claims.
Commenting on the matter, Mr Fuseini told Class 91.3FM yesterday, that: “The government is increasingly showing how intolerant it is, when it comes to the expression of opinion and views of individuals”.
He said, the view of the Eastern Regional Director of EOCO is “rational and it is in accord with right-thinking persons”.
The lawmaker pointed out that, the almost two-year-old Akufo-Addo government, has been mired in a litany of corruption allegations, so, it is “only proper and fitting that the government demonstrates its commitment in fighting corruption by first dealing with those people in this government, who are perceived to be corrupt”.
He said, the Eastern Region EOCO boss’ concern is shared by “a great number of Ghanaians”, and, so, that “should not be the basis of a suspension”.