‘Ineffective’ Minority Opts For Cocaine Debate


But Kojo Mpiani Warns NPP Against Drug Label

The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, was compelled to suspend yesterday’s Parliamentary sitting due to a heated debate among Members of Parliament (MPs), over the cocaine scandal involving Nayele Ametefeh.

The Deputy Minority Leader in Parliament, Dominic Nitiwul’s decision to storm the House with small bags of rice to make a point about the cocaine scandal, sparked intense debate among colleague MPs.

Meanwhile, a former Chief of Staff under the Kufour Administration, Kojo Mpiani, has insisted that the current Nayele Ametefe cocaine scandal should not be politicized.

According to him, it is wrong for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to tag the Mahama administration with a cocaine label, though the National Democratic Congress (NDC) did the same thing to them whiles in office.

The Majority members in Parliament, were angered by Nitiwul’s attempt to drag government into the cocaine saga. The argument went out of hand, forcing the Speaker to take a decision to suspend sitting.

Dominic Nitiwul, went to Parliament with two bags of rice weighing about 12.5kg – the size seized on the lady at the
Heathrow Airport – to portray how the government, has been engrossed with the drug business.

The scene sparked serious row in the House and not even the intermittent interventions by the Speaker, could restore order. He was, therefore compelled to suspend sitting.

The minority MP, expressed worry about how the lady could have escaped the prying eyes of the security network at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) without official aid.

Nayele Ametefeh, was arrested at the Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom (UK) after about 12kg of cocaine was found in her hand luggage.

Reports said, she traveled using a Ghanaian diplomatic passport and had access to the VVIP lounge at the KIA.

While government has denied that Ametefeh used a diplomatic passport, President John Dramani Mahama, has also dissolved the governing board of Narcotic Control Board (NACOB).

A Deputy Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abiel Ashitey Armah and two others; Theophilus Kissi of the Research Department attached to the VVIP Lounge at the KIA and one Abubakar Ahmed, have been invited by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) for questioning.

The Acting Director of Passports, Alexander Ntrakwa, has also been questioned over the matter.

The issue has not being spared the usual politicization with a former campaign manager of the NPP, Boakye Agyarko, insisting that the party will use it against the current Government.

But speaking in an interview with Citi News, Mr. Mpiani, advised Ghanaians to dispassionately seek solutions to the drug menace.

“The drug menace is to be taken on a national basis, it’s a problem for the nation but if you want to push it on a government because it happened at the time somebody is in office then you lose sight of the whole problem and it’s a very serious problem,” he explained.

He said, “I hear them on radio trying to put it on president Mahama…They are doing this thing because of what these same people did when president Kufour was the president of the country and we had some of these drug issues.”

On the dissolution of the Board of the Narcotics Control BoardNACOB), Kojo Mpiani, said that the president erred, saying he cannot fathom why the management was not dissolved since they are in charge of running the security agency.

“On the principle of management its wrong, because the day to day management of the institution is in the hands of the chief executive and his supporting staff.

The board meets maybe once a month [or] once in three months, give the broad policy guidelines for the management to implement so, therefore, I find it strange to dissolve a Board and leave the management in place. I think it’s wrong, unless you want to prove to me that maybe the board was asking the management to do something and management refused to do that,” he opined.

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