“I don’t think as a state, we have de-politicized the way we handle security issues,” Franklin Cudjoe said
He argued that in the case of the three South African ex-Police officers who were arrested in the country, either the Inspector General of Police (IGP) or the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) boss should have spoken to the matter and not the Interior Minister.
Contributing to a panel discussion on Citi FM, the IMANI boss said: “The moment a political figure makes statements that the opposition could read meanings into them, then it defeats the entire process.”
Three South African ex-Police officers were brought into the country by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to train the private security of the party’s flagbearer and running mate.
They were subsequently repatriated back to South Africa.
Various government officials defended the actions of the BNI, while the opposition NPP accused the government of acting unlawfully.
“I don’t think as a state, we have de-politicized the way we handle security issues,” he said, stressing that “You would expect that a security capo…because this is what happens in most civilized countries.”
“Because of the way we have politicized our security services – not just this government but previous governments have done that; and because we are critically in an election year, I would have thought that not the Minister of Interior should be issuing statements,” he added.