Hollow and unfounded threat: Ato Forson challenges Home Secretary to include NDC MPs in security recruitment

Henry Quartey, Minister of the Interior and Cassiel Ato Forson, Minority Leader Henry Quartey, Minister of the Interior and Cassiel Ato Forson, Minority Leader

Minority Leader Cassiel Ato Forson has challenged Home Affairs Minister Henry Quartey to make public his list of opposition MPs allegedly involved in the formal recruitment of the security services.

Quartey threatened in a Neat FM interview (May 21, 2024) that he would be forced to appoint National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs after Forson previously alleged that all New Patriotic Party (NPP) MPs were They had allocated 30 positions in the security sector recruitments. .

In a statement dated May 21, 2024 and posted on his social media, Forson described the minister’s position as “alarming and unfounded.”

“Your insinuation that members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have engaged in inappropriate recruitment practices without providing any evidence is a clear attempt to divert attention from the substantive issues at hand,” the statement read in part.

He added that Quartey’s views were “an empty threat intended to intimidate and silence the legitimate criticism of the Minority Caucus”, but that the minority will not be intimidated.

“I challenge the Minister of Home Affairs to name the people he claims were put forward by NDC MPs for recruitment. Let us move away from rhetoric and towards accountability.

“If the Minister cannot provide these names, then his statements must be considered for what they are: an attempt to distract from the substantial concerns we have raised,” Ato Forson stressed.

He added that the minority will request an investigation into recruitment since President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo took office in 2017.

Statement: Ato Forson responds to Henry Quartey:

I find the recent statements by the Minister of the Interior, Henry Quartey, alarming and unfounded. His insinuation that members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have engaged in inappropriate recruitment practices without providing any evidence is a clear attempt to divert attention from the substantive issues at hand.

The Minister’s comments, made during an interview with Neat FM on 21 May 2024, and reproduced in the article below, appear to be an empty threat intended to intimidate and silence legitimate criticism from the minority group.

Our concern has been and continues to be transparency and equity in the hiring process in the security services of our country. Specifically, we highlight credible information suggesting that the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) is manipulating recruitment processes to favor its parliamentary candidates with 30 seats each. This accusation is serious and deserves a substantive response, not a deflection.

I challenge the Minister of Home Affairs to name the people he claims were put forward by NDC MPs for recruitment. Let’s move away from rhetoric and toward accountability. If the Minister cannot provide these names, then his statements must be seen for what they are: an attempt to distract from the substantive concerns we have raised.

Mr Minister, I can assure you that we will be bringing a motion to Parliament to demand an investigation into recruitment into the security services since 2017.

The integrity of our security services and the confidence of the people of Ghana in our institutions depend on our collective commitment to transparency and justice.

SARA