SA ex-cops saga Security agencies must be depoliticized - IMANI boss

“I don’t think as a state, we have de-politicized the way we handle security issues,” Franklin Cudjoe said

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President of policy think tank, IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe is advocating for the de-politicization of the nation’s security agencies.

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.

The three were later arrested by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) and charged with conspiracy to commit crime and unlawful training.

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.

According to Mr. Cudjoe, in this era of terrorism, the absence of any statement from the top hierarchy of the relevant security agencies on the issue is “symptomatic with the way we have treated our security services.”

“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.

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