Social commentator and Lecturer at the University of Ghana Business School Dr. Kobby Mensah, is describing the apology from Mr. George Ayisi – Boateng, Ghana’s High Commissioner to South Africa as a farce.
Speaking Thursday November 2, 2017 on Skyy power FM’s Jolly Breakfast Show Dr. Mensah opined Mr. Ayisi has shown that he lacks the ability to represent the country in South Africa.
“For me the apology is laughable, how long has it has taken him to write an apology letter to Ghanaians, almost four days, and l believe that the president will be disappointed in him because immediately he made those unfortunate remarks 24 hours would have been enough for him to render an apology but he went on defending himself all over the place, that tells you the consciousness of this gentleman and that he is not fit to lead Ghana in South Africa”
Mr. George Ayisi, Ghana’s High Commissioner to South Africa has incurred the anger of Ghanaians after he described members of the governing New Patriotic Party to be his “most priority and the needs of any Ghanaian can wait… we are all Ghanaians but some are more Ghanaian than others” .
Dr. Mensah expressed worry about such divisive remarks.
He advised political parties to desist from dwelling so much on their “power” and educate their members on how to conduct themselves whenever they are representing the country especially on the international stage.
He recounted how the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otko Djaba was caught on camera taking “selfies” at the United Nations assembly while the President of Ghana was delivering a speech.
According to him such actions and divisive public remarks do not demonstrate signs of competency and good governance in the eyes of international bodies.
He therefore tasked political parties to set up departments purposely to educate their members on public speaking and political etiquettes.
“Political parties should use this as an opportunity to train their members especially on public communication and political etiquettes to guide them on how to desist from making comments which might have ethnocentric and divisive connotations”
BY: STEPHEN CUDJOE