Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr, has voiced his apprehensions regarding what he perceives as a change in the focus of the ongoing parliamentary committee inquiry into the leaked tape controversy.
He expressed deep concern, suggesting that this shift in focus appears to involve a plot aimed at undermining the 1992 constitution of the country.
Kwesi Pratt Jnr contended that the ongoing investigation should not be concerned with the internal matters of the police service. He pointed out that the current investigation seems to be deviating from addressing the central issues at hand.
“You have a businessman, a politician of sought and policemen going into conclave and actually discuss how to subvert the 1992 constitution in graphic details, a committee is set up to investigate the matter and so far, all we are hearing are about promotions in the police service, other administrative things, the legibility of the IGP, that’s all. It makes me sick.
“What should the focus of this thing be, it should have nothing to do with the eligibility of the IGP. Indeed, it should have nothing to do with police promotions and so on. Why, if policemen have not been promoted does that justify that meeting which was held? it doesn’t. If the IGP is not qualified to be IGP, does that justify the meeting? it doesn’t. So, I am beginning to see a certain shift of focus which is is very deeply worrying for me.
In his view, if the committee continues in this direction, the proceedings will stray from the core issue, which is the alleged conspiracy to undermine the constitution and seek the removal of the Inspector General of Police from office.
“Because it suggests to me that if we don’t take care, at the end of this so-called probe, we are going to get a raft of observations and recommendations which will bury the central issue of the subversion of the 1992 constitution, that is my worry,” he added.
Parliament has established a 7-member committee tasked with investigating the leaked tape featuring certain police officers allegedly conspiring to remove the Inspector General of the Ghana Police Service (IGP), Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, from his position.
As of September 12, 2023, all individuals identified on the tape, including the IGP, have appeared before the committee.
On September 13, 2023, the committee held a closed-door session to cross-examine the witnesses involved in the case.
Following the in-camera session, the committee’s chairman, Samuel Atta Akyea, announced that the hearing will be adjourned until October 2, 2023, when it will resume as a public hearing.