By Cecil Mensah
The Peoples National Convention (PNC), has observed with disquiet, the embarrassment that occasioned the name and image of Ghana internationally, during the celebration of the fifty-ninth anniversary celebrations.
‘The shame all Ghanaians have been besmeared with, could have been avoided if people had applied themselves competently to the execution of their duties.
We note that, the drama of embarrassment had different episodes ranging from a terribly flawed program brochure, to a lugubrious breakdown in protocol.
Mr Atik Mohammed, General Secretary of the PNC, expressed these worries in a press statement issued in Accra.
The statement said, many opinions have been expressed on the matter, including those insinuating a possible sabotage.
The statement said however, the tragedy was viewed; the bottom-line was that, some government officials slumbered on their oversight responsibility. And that must not go unanswered.
The statement quizzes that publication of the brochure fell within the control of the Ministry of Communications and therefore, the Minister in charge must also be
held liable for the inexcusable errors in its content and the attendant disgrace.
According to the statement, this will deter others from sleeping on their jobs and to roll back the confidence of Ghanaians in the fact that, governance is still regarded by the President as a serious business; the Minister of Communication must be relieved of his office.
‘We also want to state that, the protocol gaffe on the day has even more far-reaching diplomatic implications.
This cannot be accepted and should not be allowed. The Minister of Foreign Affairs clearly, was not also on top of her job.
Protocol arrangements on the day, was exclusively the responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs working through the State Protocol.
To have allowed the special guests namely; Presidents of Kenya and Guinea-Bissau stranded after the ceremony, is a loud demonstration of failure by the Minister of Foreign Affairs in her oversight roles.
Culpability for the “mistreatment” of the Presidents entirely rests on her head. And to that end, she does not deserve to occupy that high office of Foreign Minister any longer and must be fired by the President’ the statement said.
The PNC took the opportunity to thank former President Jerry Rawlings for saving the day. ‘He’s indeed shown that Ghana is blessed to have two of our former Presidents around. We pray that they live longer, so that we can continue to drink from their cisterns of wisdom and patriotism’.
The statements further recommend that, the National Security and the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) must without hesitation, move into full action in order to establish the truth about what happened on the day.