The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has taken action in response to the recently leaked audio tape involving senior officials of the police and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) plotting against the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr George Akuffo Dampare. In light of the seriousness of the matter, the Speaker has announced that he will refer the issue to a bi-partisan committee for thorough investigations.
The leaked tape, brought to the Speaker’s attention by Deputy Minority Leader Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, has raised significant concerns about the integrity and transparency of Ghana’s law enforcement system. Mr. Buah filed an urgent statement on the matter, prompting the Speaker to take immediate action.
During a parliamentary session, Speaker Bagbin stated, “I will urge the maker of the urgent statement to submit in writing the terms of the proposed statement which he just gave us notice.” He emphasized the importance of a written statement to guide the investigation or inquiry conducted by the appropriate committee of the House.
The involvement of senior officials and the alleged plot to oust the IGP has sparked outrage among opposition members. James Agalga, the Ranking Member on the Defence and Interior Committee, has dismissed the Minister of Interior’s explanation that the individuals involved were merely engaging in empty rhetoric. Agalga has called on President Nana Akufo-Addo to thoroughly investigate the matter and hold those responsible accountable.
Agalga expressed his concerns, stating, “The Minister doesn’t appear to be sure of who the persons are, those who were caught plotting to subvert the will of the Ghanaian people in 2024 to merely assure us that nothing untoward will happen.” He believes that it is the president’s responsibility to establish a mechanism to ensure that those behind the audio leak are identified and brought to justice.
As the investigation moves forward, Ghanaians will be eagerly awaiting the outcome and expecting swift action against any individuals found guilty of undermining the country’s democratic processes. The bi-partisan committee’s role will be crucial in uncovering the truth behind the leaked tape and ensuring the preservation of Ghana’s democratic values.