Ghana’s High Commissioner to South Africa, George Ayisi Boateng has rendered an unqualified apology following his discriminatory comments he made at a meeting with some TESCON members recently.
The commissioner came under serious criticism for his comments that he will give priority to members of teh ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) before any other Ghanaian.
He also made claims that although we are all Ghanaians, members of the NPP are more Ghanaian than others.
Some think tanks and civil society groups as well as the Minority called on the president to sack him.
Others also called on him to apologise but he [Boateng] was defiant and insisted his comments were not in bad taste as suggested.
However, he has issued a statement apologizing for his comments.
The statement read:’’ “I have upon sober reflection, decided to retract the comments I made during my interaction with some Members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ashanti Region over the weekend.I have realised that my statement is unfortunate and at variance with the letter and spirit of the Ghanaian constitution and the dignified office of High Commissioner that I occupy. I am aware that as the representative of Ghana to South Africa, I have a responsibility to protect the interest of all Ghanaians within my jurisdiction and to grant them equal access to opportunities that are presented, irrespective of their political affiliation.
“I regret the effect of my speech delivered to the young party members which has generated public outcry.I therefore wish to retract my comments and render an unqualified apology to the presidency and all Ghanaians,” it added.